Cleaning up the Cotswolds!

A major clean-up initiative is taking place across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) next week as groups of volunteers join forces to clear many important conservation sites of rubbish.

The Cotswolds litter pick is being organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board’s Voluntary Wardens in conjunction with the National Trust, Farming Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Cleeve Hill Conservators and CPRE, and with the support of Cotswold, West Oxfordshire and Stroud District Councils, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the issue of litter in the countryside and to encourage more people to take their rubbish home to help maintain the beauty of the Cotswolds AONB.

Becky Jones, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: "There is a great deal of enthusiasm among our wardens and volunteers from other organisations to clean up litter in the Cotswolds. We hope that through initiatives like this more people will be encouraged to take responsibility for their surroundings and help to improve our environment."

Litter picks will be taking place at Charlbury this Saturday and at Cleeve Hill, Little Solsbury Hill, Dovers Hill and Minchinhampton Common next week.

Notes to editors:

  • Members of the media are invited to attend the events on the following days:

   Tuesday, 5 April, 9.30am at Quarry car park, Cleeve Hill
   Wednesday 6 April, 9.30am at Little Solsbury Hill near Batheaston
   Wednesday, 6 April, 9.30am at Dovers Hill car park
   Thursday 7 April, 9.30am at Reservoir car park, Minchinhampton Common

  • Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are the volunteer arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. Over 300 active wardens donate thousands of hours each year to help conserve and enhance the Cotswolds AONB.
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details: