Community litter picks

If you, your parish council, school or local community group would like to organize a voluntary litter pick in your area, we can support you.

If you’re organising an event, please contact us. We can help by:

  • promoting the pick locally to encourage involvement
  • providing equipment including black bags and high vis vests for your crew
  • collecting your waste

More information can be found on our Litter Picking Event Guidance (PDF File, 448kb).

If you want to join an organised litter pick, take a look below to find inspiration and information on groups who meet near you.

Great British Spring Clean 2023

Keep Britain Tidy's annual Great British Spring Clean takes place during March and April.

Join thousands of #LitterHeroes across the country to help keep our outdoor spaces cleaner and greener!

This is environmental action at its best and we can help you organise local events and take away all of the collected rubbish.

Residents are encouraged to get involved in this year's campaign, and the various Cleaner, Safer, Greener activities being organised. These include:

A public consultation for play park developments – residents are invited to discuss exciting plans for a new Castle-themed playground and Fitness Zone at our Green Flag award-winning Sconce and Devon Park.

The developments come as part of our commitment to invest almost £350,000 to improve our parks in the district, and we want you to help us shape the plans to best impact your community.

Wednesday 22 March 12pm-5pm, Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

Find out more about our plans to improve play parks in the district on our website.

Community litter picking – if you want to organise a litter picking event as part of the Great British Spring Clean please let us know and we can help by providing litter picking equipment to volunteer groups and having any bags of waste collected by our Street Scene team

Community Litter Picking Events

Keep in touch so that we can promote and support your local events.

Newark in Bloom

In Bloom Gold award winners in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Newark in Bloom volunteers help with litter and keeping the town looking lovely.

Get involved with the 2023 campaign by joining the conversation on Facebook 

Newark Community Gardeners

Volunteers from Newark Community Gardeners are avid litter pickers and regularly look after town centre areas including Friary Gardens, St Mary's Church Gardens and the Appletongate area.

They also support the up-keep of green spaces at:

  • the riverside
  • the town centre
  • St Mary's Gardens
  • National Civil War Centre
  • Sconce and Devon Park
  • residential areas around the town

Find out more and keep in touch via Facebook.

Farnsfield Community Spaces

Farnsfield Community Spaces helps to look after Farnsfield village, keeping it clean and tidy. They plant up and look after the village flower troughs, plant spring bulbs, litter pick and help prepare for the annual best kept village competition and other village events.

To join Farnsfield Community Spaces contact Lesley Healy on or visit Farnsfield Parish Council’s website for litter picking events.

Green Southwell and Southwell Lions

Together with volunteers from local churches, these groups regularly undertake community clean-ups in Southwell.

Find out more on the Green Southwell Facebook page.

Keep Newark Tidy

Keep Newark Tidy is a small group of local volunteers and members of Newark Business Club who litter pick once a month in the area.

Find out more on the Keep Newark Tidy Facebook page.

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering

If you’re a parent or manager of a local Duke of Edinburgh team and would like to consider litter picking for your group please contact us.

Our waste management team will act as the assessor for your group and can supply high vis jackets, black bags and pick up the collected rubbish.

People of Peace Rainworth and Blidworth

The People of P.E.A.C.E (People Enthusiastic About Community and the Environment) bring people together from Rainworth and Blidworth for project work and local good causes.

Projects include lighting up the community for Christmas in Rainworth and regular community litter picks

Find out more on the People of Peace Facebook page.

Little Carlton Community Volunteers

‌In February, community volunteers from Little Carlton collected more than 40 bags of roadside rubbish from the A616 near to the village, Kelham Lane and Crow Lane.

In February 2021 Charles Brightmore and his daughter collected a further 16 black bags of rubbish from the road-side verges around Little Carlton.

The volunteers are planning further events throughout the year and they always welcome new helpers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Charlie Brightmore at

Friends of Sconce and Devon Park

The Friends of Sconce and Devon Park is a group of volunteers who help with the management and maintenance of the park. The Friends meet every other month and new members are always welcome. The group gets together for regular litter picks and help to keep the park safe and tidy by litter picking during daily walks.

For more information please email

Ollerton, Edwinstowe and Clipstone Clean Group

Formed during the Great British Spring Clean 2021 this Facebook Group shares information about planned litter picks in the local villages.

Join in the conversation using Ollerton, Edwinstowe and Clipstone Clean on Facebook.

Vicar Water Country Park Volunteers

The Friends of Vicar Water volunteer group is involved in helping us to look after the park. The group meets regularly and welcomes new members. Email Lynn Preece for more details at

There are also regular litter picking events in the park and around the village.

Friends of Sherwood Heath

The Friends of Sherwood Heath volunteer group is involved in helping us to look after the park. The group meets regularly and welcomes new members.

Visit the Friends of Sherwood Heath Facebook page and get involved.

The Friends of Sherwood Heath organise regular litter picks to help protect this special site. Katie from the Sherwood Forest Trust also runs regular Friday volunteering sessions that include litter picking and tidying on the heath.