Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, this activity may not be appropriate during this time and our reserves are closed following government advice. Please only leave home if absolutely necessary and practice social distancing. For more information please see our Covid-19 updates page. Thank you.
The big clean-up
We've only got one planet, so let's look after it. If everyone did something, it would add up to something big!
Litter remains a real problem for our wild places - whether it's the local park, roadside verges, or the hedgerows that line our streets and roads. These places are nature's home. Imagine if someone threw coffee cups, takeaway wrappers and tin cans in your bedroom!
Team-up with your family, friends and neighbours and clean-up your patch. Many hands make light work and you'll be amazed at the difference you can make (and nature will be eternally grateful). As well as doing it on your own, we've also listed some national campaigns you may want to be a part of.
Are you doing this activity as part of your ild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!
Did you know That about 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped UK streets every year!
What you will need
Here are some litter picking essentials:
- Thick gardening or work gloves
- High-visibility vests (if you wear one on your bike, that will do nicely)
- A litter-picker - this isn't essential, but very handy if you can get one.
Your local council may provide equipment if you're cleaning up their spaces so do get in touch with them.
Decide where you'd like to clean up and then make sure you have the owner's permission to do so (most people will be delighted that you want to help but always check first). Then, all that's left to do is decide a date and time and then recruit your team!
If you'd like to join a bigger effort to clean up green spaces, here are some options for you to consider:
Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of your clean up or write about why you did it.