The Great British Spring Clean has been hailed as the biggest environmental action ever seen on the British Isles.
So far nearly 540,000 volunteers have selflessly pledged more than one million hours of their time to make Britain a cleaner, greener place.
This vast army of ‘litter heroes’ is equivalent to the entire population of Liverpool or Manchester. Across the UK, the volunteers have made a huge impact.
A band of more than 30 litter pickers from the Mail’s offices in Kensington, west London, went to the Ham Lands nature reserve in Richmond, south-west London, to help pick up litter in playing fields
So far an incredible 4,102 tons of litter have been picked up from streets, playgrounds, shopping parades, playing fields and beaches. This is the same weight as more than 300 double-decker buses.
According to figures compiled by Keep Britain Tidy, which is behind the Great British Spring Clean, this is 911,698 bags of rubbish.
Around 16,037 events – organised by sports clubs, pubs, schools, community centres, churches, mosques and pensioners’ groups – have brought people together in a single-minded attempt to clean up the place – and also to raise awareness of the scourge of litter.
So far nearly 540,000 volunteers have selflessly pledged more than one million hours of their time to make Britain a cleaner place. Volunteers are pictured above in Richmond yesterday
In total, 536,462 people have signed up to the Great British Spring Clean, which is supported by the Daily Mail.
One of the most inspiring aspects of the campaign is the huge involvement of children. In all 169,267 pupils have taken part or are going to take part in the