Give city a spring clean to mark 30 years as a World Heritage Site

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Volunteers who took part in a litter pick at Wincheap (file image)

People in Canterbury are being urged to give the city a spring clean as it prepares to celebrate three decades as a World Heritage Site.

The day of cleaning takes place later this month and is organised by the Canterbury Society.

Volunteer litter-picking is becoming increasingly popular across the Canterbury district with public-spirited citizens either taking part in organised picks or simply going out themselves to remove rubbish.

The Canterbury Society said: “Litter and pollution are a problem at many World Heritage Sites and Canterbury is not immune.

“Increasing tourism often translates into more litter. Protecting World Heritage Sites is seen as requiring the right balance between generating money for maintenance and restoration programmes and minimising the impact of tourist activities.

“As well as making the streets and green areas of the World Heritage Site prettier, the Canterbury clean-up aims to inform the public about the ways that plastic, cigarette butts and and other discarded waste harms wildlife, pollutes the River Stour and can end up in the sea.”

Everyone is welcome to take part in the spring clean litter-pick and will be given gloves, bags and litter-pickers.

Anyone wishing to help clean up Canterbury should meet at the Longport car park at 2pm on Sunday, April 28.

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