A rural spring clean has been arranged to show the ‘true spirit of the countryside’ in helping to clear up unwanted litter.
The Countryside Alliance (CA) has announced it will be teaming up with hunts across the country on June 2 and 3 following concerns incidents of fly-tipping were reaching unacceptable levels.
Polly Portwin, CA head of hunting, said people who dropped litter from their vehicles or while out walking and cycling through the countryside and on rural roads did so because they thought they were ‘unlikely to be observed carrying out such socially unacceptable behaviour’.
It came as Environment Minister Therese Coffey confirmed the Government was looking to review sentencing for those guilty of dumping waste.
She did however reiterate that farmers would continue to be responsible for the removal of illegal rubbish left on their land.
Ms Portwin said: “The rural spring clean will take place over two days and it is hoped that the hunting community across the country will embrace this idea to help to keep our beautiful countryside litter-free.
“We are encouraging those taking part to enlist the help of others in their local areas to show the true spirit of the countryside.
“Not only is discarded rubbish an eyesore, but it is potentially hazardous to farmed livestock, wild animals and domestic pets.”
How to get involved:
The CA has ordered some natural fibre rubbish collection bags which can be requested by registering for the weekend here.
If you are unable to attend on June 2 and 3 but would still like to take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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