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Banbury brownies take part in the Big Tidy Up

17 November 2016
Brownies joined by MP Victoria Prentis at Banbury’s Big Tidy Up

A group of green-friendly Brownies in Banbury have been lending a helping hand in their local community in a bid to support Keep Britain Tidy.

Armed with litter grabbers and bin bags, the Easington Brownies joined forces with housing provider Sanctuary Housing to take part in the Big Tidy Up, collecting 96 kilos of litter in two locations in the town, at Crown Walk and around the railway station.

MP Victoria Prentis showed her support

As the group all mucked in to clean up the area and collect rubbish from the streets, MP Victoria Prentis visited to show her support for the initiative and see how the keen group were getting on.

“Community spirit and morale”

Mrs Prentis said: “Litter has become something of an obsession for me so I was really pleased to join the Big Tidy Up at the weekend. Everyone who came along did a brilliant job to clean up our area. I was really impressed to see the level of community spirit and morale, with so many people coming together to make a positive change in their neighbourhood. Big thanks to all those involved.”

“Make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “The Brownies did a fantastic job, working so hard to make a difference in their community and help keep Banbury tidy.

“Wherever possible we aim to support community-led projects such as this that help to make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places for our residents to live. The Brownies should be proud of the positive change they’ve made in their neighbourhood.”

The Big Tidy Up

Banbury’s litter pick was part of The Big Tidy Up, England’s biggest-ever litter pick. The campaign, led by Keep Britain Tidy, aims to unite the neighbourhood and clean up communities, understanding that small actions can be the start of big changes.

Costa is the national sponsor of the Big Tidy Up and provided free hot chocolate to the Brownies after their litter pick.

Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.