A LITTER pick up will be going ahead this weekend in Salisbury, as part of a regional clean up campaign.

On Saturday the public are invited to take part in cleaning up woods and open space in Bemerton Heath, as part of The Big Clean, which is happening at more than 20 sites across the South West.

The scheme is organised by South West Conservatives and the Salisbury clean will begin at Folly View, with councillors, volunteers and MP John Glen taking part.

Nabil Najjar, deputy chairman of Salisbury Conservatives and organiser of the clean up in Bemerton Heath, said: “Salisbury Conservatives are delighted to support The Big Clean this year, working to clean up some of Salisbury’s open spaces and make sure that all parts of our beautiful city remain clean and tidy."

Peter Booth, chairman of South West Conservatives, is leading the regional campaign and plans to join as many events as he can.

He said: “Following the huge success of The Big Beach Clean in September 2018, when over 400 volunteers of all ages took part in events across the South West, we were keen to extend this year’s campaign to include streets, parks and open spaces.

“The South West is full of stunning scenery and it’s so frustrating when it’s tarnished by a selfish minority who leave litter.

“These events are a fun way to help the local community and preserve our beautiful countryside – and we’d be delighted to welcome local people who are able to spare some time.”

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers added: “The Big Clean is an excellent campaign and I congratulate all organisers and volunteers for their efforts to bring communities together, protect the environment and change the mindset of those who blight it."

The session will run between 9.30am and 12noon, with equipment provided by Salisbury City Council.

For more information about the Salisbury event contact councillor Najjar on 07716 311293.