Rory Stewart MP is encouraging residents of Penrith to join Eden District Council’s Community Wardens for a litter pick around the Pategill area on Saturday 12 March 2016 in the national ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign. The Pategill litter pick is part of the tidy-up ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday in April 2016.

The campaign, backed by organisations including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB, as well as businesses including McDonald’s, Costa, Greggs, KFC and Wrigley and anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, is the biggest community-led clean up the country has ever seen.

Rory, who is also Environment Minister within DEFRA, and speaking at a reception in the House of Commons to launch the tidy-up, said: “Her Majesty the Queen is an inspiration to all of us. Her 90th birthday is a unique opportunity for people to come together in celebration of Her Majesty’s long service and dedication to this country. Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”

Litter is a problem that councils across the UK spend the best part of £1billion clearing up every year. By taking part in Clean for The

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Queen and clearing up the country, individuals and communities will not only be giving The Queen a suitably impressive gift to mark her 90th birthday, they will also be giving themselves and their area a present – a clean space in which to live, work and play.

Anybody wishing to take part in the litter pick is asked to meet at the Pategill Playing Fields, off Prince Charles Close at 10am.

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All litter picking equipment will be provided and those taking part are advised to wear sturdy footwear and suitable warm, waterproof clothing. Any children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information About Clean for the Queen in Eden contact Eden District Council’s Contracts Team telephone: 01768 817817 or email:[email protected]

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