Join our crusade and make yourself and the countryside more happy, healthy and gorgeous! (Oh, and win Regatta walking shoes!)
There are more than 50,000 Country Walking readers and #walk1000milers and if we all picked up just a few plastic bottles, coffee cups or wrappers on our hikes we could make all the difference in the world. And you’ll be part of an even bigger crusade, led by our partners Keep Britain Tidy, which aims to mobilise half a million citizen litter-pickers on 3-5 March – www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk.
All it takes is a carrier bag to start cleaning, and while it can be dirty work it is incredibly rewarding. Your help will prevent accidents to wildlife and pets – the RSPCA receives 7000 calls a year about animals injured by rubbish – and you’ll stop litter getting into our seas. You’ll save your local council oodles of cash to spend on other things – litter is estimated to cost the UK economy as much as £1 billion – and make the environment healthier.
And of course, you’ll make the paths and tracks, hills and valleys, and the views you love look their glorious best. PS – you can enter as many times as you like!
two ways to enter
1) Upload using our form below (click on 'Upload your pic here')
2) Share your pics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #cwspringclean
That's it! We'll pick winners later this month and there will be more prizes next issue!
What you could win this month
This month eight lucky litter pickers will win a pair of Regatta Holcombe Low walking shoes (£70RRP) featuring:
- Isotex internal membrane waterproofing
- PU nubuck and breathable mesh upper
- Hydropel water resistant technology
- Deep padded collar and tongue
- Rubberised toe and heel bumpers
- EVA comfort footbed
- Stabilising shank technology
- Lightweight rubber outsole featuring internal EVA shock pads
Richard McIlwain, Deputy chief executive, Keep Britain Tidy
"As a keen walker I am endlessly annoyed at how just one piece of litter can ruin an otherwise perfect landscape. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve told people that if banana skins were supposed to be on mountains, you’d be walking through plantations, not open moorland. You have my deep admiration for getting stuck in alongside the 500,000 others cleaning up this March."
Fiona Howie, Chief Executive of Campaign For National Parks
"Much of our countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and it is unacceptable that it is being blighted by litter. But with over 50,000 Country Walking readers and #walk1000milers ready to help tackle the problem, I believe amazing things will be achieved. Well done to everyone who is not only passionate about walking, but also about removing rubbish."
Sam Harding, Litter Programme Director, Campaign to Protect Rural England
"It’s so wonderful to think of you all cherishing and enjoying the countryside in the best way possible – on foot! Thank you for freeing our footpaths, hedgerows and woodlands of the disgusting litter that so detracts from their beauty."