LOCAL NEWS: Environment secretary urges people to join The Big Clean 2019


Theresa Villiers, Environment Secretary, is encouraging local people to join litter-picks in Poole and Christchurch.

This is ahead of this weekend’s regional clean up- campaign. 

The campaign called The Big Clean is organised by South West Conservatives.

The Big Clean will see MPs, councillors and volunteers lead or join more than 20 events at hotspots across the region.

The events started yesterday and continue on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019. 

It follows the hugely successful launch of The Big Beach Clean last year

Theresa Villiers said: “The South West is renowned for its beautiful beaches, countryside and open spaces.

“Unfortunately, this beauty is spoiled and wildlife is put at risk by a thoughtless few who leave plastic waste and other litter.

“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.”

Charlie Squires the youth officer at Poole Conservatives.

She is organising a clean-up of Sandbanks Beach on Saturday.

Lisle Smith is the chair of Christchurch Conservatives.

She is leading a litter-pick around Christchurch Quay and Convent Walk on the Sunday. 

Peter Booth is the chairman of South West Conservatives and is leading the regional campaign.

He 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.

“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.”

For more information about the events call:

Charlie (Poole) on 01202 739922 or

Lisle (Christchurch) on 07794 884074. 


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