The aim of the Great British September Clean is for communities to come together, clean up their local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.

However, earlier this year, given the national lockdown, sadly we had to postpone the Great British Spring Clean in Higham until now. Now with a relaunch, Higham Parish Council want to make sure that everyone stays safe while doing their bit for the environment and contributing to the clean-up. Unfortunately, due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic it is not possible for the Parish Council to arrange a community effort this year.

Instead, we are asking residents to pledge some time to complete a litter picking session in their own time and log it (if you wish to) on KeepBritainTidy.org. To do this, simply follow the link below and complete the quick form to let them know how many minutes of picking you wish to pledge.

Keepbritaintidy.org - Pledge your time

You can pledge as many minutes or hours as you wish between the 11th and 27th and, of course, any time you donate will be greatly appreciated by the Parish Council and local residents who will very much enjoy seeing how tidy the village can be! Several of us on the Parish Council have already signed up.

We Want to Hear from You

Higham Parish Council would love to hear from residents who get out and about cleaning up our beautiful village.

You can take a photo of your group session or perhaps a ‘selfie’ if you are a lone picker. Why not send in a brief report telling us where you picked and/or how much litter you collected.

You can upload your photos and reports to our facebook page:

Higham Parish Council on Facebook

OR

email your photos and reports to cllr.gilby@higham-kent-pc.gov.uk for inclusion on our website

Please indicate in your email if you are happy for your reports and photos to be uploaded to these platforms as part of your submissions.


Safety Guidelines

KeepBritainTidy.org have prepared easy-to-follow guidance to support all volunteer litter-pickers to keep everybody as safe as possible.

The guidance states that litter-picking can be carried out alone, in pairs or in small groups of up to a maximum of six based on the current government guidance for meeting with people outside of your household. For all of the safety information, follow the link below:

Keepbritaintidy.org - COVID-19 Safety Guidance


When?

Anytime between Friday 11th and Sunday 27th September.

Where?

Anywhere within Higham Parish! This year, we are asking residents to choose their own  locations to litter pick: perhaps the recreation ground, outside the parade on Forge Lane or another location where you feel that litter is an issue.

We want everybody to stay safe so we are asking residents to exercise caution and common sense when choosing an area to litter pick. For example, don’t litter pick in the dark and avoid rough and overgrown areas and verges along busy roads such as the A226 Gravesend Road and A289 for instance!

What should I do with the rubbish I collect?

This year, Gravesham Borough Council will not be collecting the rubbish that Higham residents pick up after this Spring Clean event. We are therefore asking residents to collect litter in black bin sacks and to put them out with your household waste on your designated bin collection day.


Good luck and we look forward to hearing from as many residents as possible on how you got on with your litter picking! Please remember the golden rule when out and about litter picking – STAY SAFE.

Thank you for your continued support

Higham Parish Council