Our volunteers in County Durham have cleaned up 16 miles of the Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle and walking path between Chester-le-Street to Consett as part of the Big Spring Clean.
We organised eight Spring litter picks along NCN7. A total of 136 volunteers and local residents took part, clearing 193 bin bags of litter from the 16-mile section.
The Big Spring Clean Initiative is run by Durham County Council in partnership with LitterFree Durham and Darlington Borough Council every year. The campaign supports local volunteers, groups and businesses to organise litter picks or events to tidy up their village or town.
Sarah Donnelly, our volunteer coordinator in the North East said: “Once again we’ve had a great team effort to tidy up the C2C in time for Spring walks and cycle rides along this popular path. Litter is unsightly to look at and also causes many problems for wildlife. If you’re interested in getting involved in future litter picks please do get in touch. We’re a friendly group and are on the route regularly.”
Oliver Sherratt, Durham County Council’s head of environment, said: “County Durham is a beautiful part of the world and we all want to keep it this way so it’s really annoying for everyone, as well as being a drain on our resources, when a small minority of people drop litter.
“We’d obviously prefer people didn’t drop rubbish in the first place and alongside our own efforts, the Big Spring Clean is part of a wider community fight against litter. We strongly support Sustrans in organising these events and applaud the fact that so many of its volunteers and local people gave up their time to take part.”
The C2C cycle and walking route runs 140 miles from Whitehaven to Sunderland and our North East team manages the traffic free sections between Consett to Washington, and from Whitehaven to Rowrah and Workington to Keswick.
Our team in the North East would like to hear from anyone who wants to help keep the C2C path clear of rubbish or to help with a wide variety of maintenance and wildlife conservation volunteering roles.