Clean for the Queen

Gloucestershire College students, volunteers and city council staff will be continuing with their quest to get clean for the Queen by sprucing up Metz Way.


Gloucester City Council has been urging communities to come together and clean up their neighbourhoods as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage one million people to join together in tidying up their community in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday in April.


Before the volunteers, Gloucestershire College students and city council staff hit Metz Way in their high-visibility jackets armed with black waste bags and litter-pickers, the Amey green crew will cut back the hedges and verges along the cycle path on Monday 22nd February.


The litter picking session will then kick off at 10am on Tuesday 23rd February with a health and safety talk at the work base on Alfred Street. Once everyone is prepped and ready to go, the litter picking can start. The two hour clean-up will finish with a member of the city council’s waste and recycling team talking to the volunteers about the importance of recycling and what can and can’t be put in their recycling bin.


Over the next few months, the council and its partner Amey will work to remove chewing gum and wash the pavements across the city centre with a pressure washer.


The council will also be working with Gloucestershire College students, educating them on environmental issues, as well as focusing on building confidence, learning about site and project management, and working in a team.


Cllr Jim Porter, cabinet member for the environment said: “I think it’s great that communities are pulling together and helping to clean our city. We saw this great sense of community during the Rugby World Cup when we all rallied together and now we’re doing it again.


“We will be providing people with the items and instruction they need to clean up areas across Gloucester and can pressure wash areas that groups identify to really make the city look its best for 2016 and the Queen’s 90th birthday.”


The Queen will celebrate her birthday on April 21st, in a year which will see her celebrate her 64th year as monarch. As part of the celebrations, Gloucester will light the beacon on Robinswood Hill.


You can register your clean up events on the official website to acknowledge your participation.


To get involved or request a clean up session you can call 01452 396396 or email


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