UPDATE Tuesday 17 March 

Statement from Keep Britain Tidy

The #gbspringclean has been RESCHEDULED to 11-27 September 2020
This year we have been absolutely blown away by the support from everyone – volunteers, local authorities, charities and businesses – for the Great British Spring Clean.

With more than 650,000 volunteers promising to give us their time, the enthusiasm and excitement it has generated has exceeded all our expectations.

However, our first priority is to make sure everyone stays safe and well so, with no small measure of sadness, we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s Great British Spring Clean until September and will be running the Great British September Clean from September 11 – 27.

We will be asking that instead of cancelling your clean-ups, you look to reschedule for the new campaign period.

UPDATE Monday 16 March

At present, all events are going ahead as scheduled.

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

We are following Public Health England (PHE) advice and its only sensible that volunteers engaging in the Great British Spring Clean take extra hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or any other, preventable illness.

Volunteers should follow PHE advice and not attend a clean-up if they feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others.

  • Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after the event
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible

Being part of the Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way to show you care about your local environment but to have fun, as well as to make a difference, it is important to stay safe and take these simple precautions to make your event a success.

We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update this page as the situation evolves.


Derby City Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean and is asking citizens to pledge their support and get involved by joining one of many events taking place across the city.

The campaign, which runs from Friday 20 March to Monday 13 April, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.

To keep the momentum going, Derby citizens are being encouraged to take part in litter picks and spring clean events organised by Derby City Council.

Citizens who want to come and do their bit for their community can find their nearest event on the Keep Britain Tidy website or by checking the list below. Litter pickers, gloves and bags will be available for anyone who comes along.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:

“The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that there are many hundreds of thousands of people out there who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities.

“We are delighted that Derby City Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride added:

“Whether it’s at the side of roads, in parks or on the street, no one wants to see litter in their local area. Most people do the right thing and put their rubbish in the bin but sadly, some don’t. I’d encourage everyone to come along to the events we’re holding and do their bit for their city.”

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.

Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish.

Derby City Council will then collect these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately.

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit the Keep Britain Tidy website.

This list of events is being continuously updated so please check back!

Date Times Location
Friday 20 March 9.00am London Road District Centre
Saturday 21 March 10.00am – 12noon Community litter pick at King George V Playing Fields and Clemsons Park with Parks and Neighbourhoods team
10.00am – 12noon Friends of Chaddesden Wood community litter pick
9.00am – 2.00pm Community litter pick of Jitty ways and footpaths near Silverhill School led by local Councillors and Our Mickleover
Monday 23 March 10.15am – 11.45am Livewell walking group litter pick. Meet at Micklover Community Centre (60 and 90 minute route)
Tuesday 24 March 9.00am – 3.00pm Willowcroft Road Park litter pick
Wednesday 25 March 1.00pm Litter pick and clean-up of the hedge surrounding the car park at the back of the Library, then crossing over to Coldstream Walk up to the shop
5.00pm-6.00pm Litter pick of Harvey Road and Matthew Street
Thursday 26 March 10.00am-1.00pm Meet at Boulton Lane community centre. Community litter pick around community centre and canal path area.
8.00am – 12noon Deep clean of Bramblebridge Drive area
From 2.30pm Litter pick at Sinfin Moor Park. Meet at the Pavillion.
Saturday 28 March 1.00pm –  3.00pm Osmaston park – community litter pick and clean up organised by Friends of Osmaston Park
Sunday 29 March 12noon – 2.00pm Arboretum Park spring clean. Meet outside Joseph Strutt’s Building.
2.00pm – 4.00pm Arboretum Park spring clean with a focus on wellbeing groups
Monday 30 March 10.00am – 1.00pm Cheviot Street recreation area community clean up. Meet at the entrance.
Tuesday 31 March 10.00am – 1.00pm Litter pick and clean up of Wild, Etwall, Findern and Campion Street with resident and community association volunteers.
Wednesday 1 April 10.00am Normanton Park walking group litter pick. Meet at the Main entrance on Warwick Avenue
10.30am – 12noon Litter pick and street cleansing in Chaddesden between Galway Drive and Meadow lane. Meet at the footpath at the rear of Meadow Farm School.
Thursday 2 April 12noon Alvaston Riverside Walk, community litter pick.  Meeting at Alvaston Park café
Friday 3 April From 10.00am Meeting at the junction of Cowley Street and Kedleston Road. Community litter pick with University of Derby students on Kedleston Road area and around University
11.30am – 1.00pm Rykneld Park litter pick and knife sweep with Neighbourhood Team, Police & local residents
Saturday 4 April 10.00am – 12noon Friends of Darley and Nutwood litter pick
Tuesday 7 April 8.00am – 12noon Community clean up event of the Baseball Ground area. Working with Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and local resident association.
Wednesday 8 April 10.00am Normanton Park walking group litter pick. Meet at the Main entrance on Warwick Avenue
10.30 – 12.30pm Litter pick in Derwent. Meet at the shops on Scarborough rise.
Saturday 11 April 8.00am – 1.00pm Macklin Street, Green Lane and St Peters Churchyard area deep clean.