National Trust bosses urge picnickers not to leave their trash behind

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Take your nest home! National Trust bosses urge picnickers not to leave their trash while supporting UK’s Spring Clean campaign

  • Called on its members to ‘do their part’ in preserving the UK’s green spaces
  • The Mail helped launch Keep Britain Tidy’s litter collection initiative
  • More than 56,000 people have committed to clean about 383,000 miles of the landscape so far

The National Trust urged visitors to take their waste home as it expressed its support for the Daily Mail-backed Great British Spring Clean.

It called on its 5.6 million members to ‘play their part’ in preserving Britain’s green spaces.

The Mail helped launch Keep Britain Tidy’s litter picking initiative, starting May 28, by asking readers to roll up their sleeves to clean up their local area of ​​trash.

More than 56,000 people have committed to clean about 383,000 miles of the landscape so far.

The National Trust, which maintains more than 500 sites, said that waste not only spoils its beauty spots, but could also detract from its ‘important conservation work’.

The National Trust urged visitors to take their waste home as it expressed its support for the Daily Mail-backed Great British Spring Clean

The National Trust urged visitors to take their waste home as it expressed its support for the Daily Mail-backed Great British Spring Clean

The warning comes weeks after the British left a trail of trash – including discarded barbecues and empty bottles – in parks and on beaches, when the relaxation of the lockdown coincided with unusually warm weather.

Last year, National Trust sites were plagued with anti-social behavior, with fly camping tourists leaving mountains of trash.

National Trust Director General Hilary McGrady said: “People are understandably desperate to reconnect with each other and we are very happy to welcome them to places we care about.

But we urge people to act responsibly and please take their litter home with them.

The Mail helped launch Keep Britain Tidy's litter picking initiative, starting May 28, by asking readers to roll up their sleeves to clean up their local waste area

The Mail helped launch Keep Britain Tidy's litter picking initiative, starting May 28, by asking readers to roll up their sleeves to clean up their local waste area

The Mail helped launch Keep Britain Tidy’s litter picking initiative, starting May 28, by asking readers to roll up their sleeves to clean up their local waste area

‘An enormous amount of time and effort is put into ensuring that these places remain beautiful, but also work for nature and the public.

‘Litter in particular can detract from the important conservation work we do.’

Ms. McGrady said the trust supported the Great British Spring Clean “to encourage people to play their part by helping to preserve these beautiful places.”

She added: ‘Our research shows that those who participate in nature and take an active interest are more likely to work hard to protect nature.

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