Litter continues to be big news. Awareness is growing across the country, and indeed across the world, about something many of us have been concerned about for years: we cannot just throw and dump packaging, and other detritus of our 21st century way of life, anywhere we choose. Our litter campaign strives to increase awareness, and to encourage a change in behaviour, with the aim that plastic and other unwanted packaging never reaches the great outdoors in the first place. Schoolchildren are a very important target for this message, but then so are adults of all ages.
For 2019 we are delighted that our prizes are personally sponsored by David Laing, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and president of CPRE in the county. This will enable us to award our successful litter pickers more than twice as much in prize cheques than in previous years.
As previously, the prize money may be spent on any community-related project in the local area of the winning group, at their discretion. This year's Litter Heroes Awards will therefore continue the successful formula of encouraging village and community group litter picks.
The cheques will be presented to the winners at a meeting in the summer. There will be a number of prizes, totalling £2,000 in all, awarded to groups who have involved a cross section of their community, with an additional prize for children and young people from schools and youth groups.
CPRE Northants litter campaign team
Photo: one village has a nice cheque from David Laing to spend on community reated projects after a succssful litter pick in 2018.