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Sister titles vow to clean up five ‘neglected and ignored’ public spaces this summer

Three regional newsbrands are urging readers to help keep their patches tidy in a summer campaign.

County news website Gloucestershire Live, and its sister print titles the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, have launched Keep Gloucestershire Glorious: The Big Summer Clean.

The Reach plc-owned titles want to clean up Gloucestershire’s “neglected and ignored” public open spaces, and is urging readers to nominate five sites to be tidied on consecutive Saturdays in August.

The winning locations will be revealed on 1 July after the nominations have been put to a public vote.

Both the Echo and the Citizen featured the campaign's launch on their front pages last week

Both the Echo and the Citizen featured the campaign’s launch on their front pages last week

Rachael Sugden, senior editor for Reach plc’s Gloucestershire titles, said: “We are very proud to launch Keep Gloucestershire Glorious: The Big Summer Clean campaign. Our newsroom is inundated with letters, emails and messages via social media about grotspots across the county.

“Locals are so frustrated that the places they love are spoiled by the selfish, thoughtless few. In August, when we all should be able to be outside (weather permitting!), where we want to go, we want to make sure your favourite places are safe and pleasant for families and friends to spend time together.

“Local councils are doing all they can with the funds they have – this is not a criticism of the authorities. This is about getting local communities to come together in their favourite public open spaces and make them a place they can be proud of – to use and enjoy in the height of summer and beyond.

“People in Gloucestershire care a great deal about their home county – it is the few who spoil things for the many. We have written many stories about unsung local heroes who are already doing their bit to make our public spaces a nicer place to be.

“They have inspired us to launch the Big Summer Clean and help communities across Gloucestershire to reclaim their parks and dog-walking hotspots.”

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  • June 13, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Is it me or are the two stories on the front page contradictory? On the one hand ‘keep Gloucestershire clean’ but ‘don’t take your rubbish to the tip’ – mixed messages?

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