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Devon’s Top Attractions Clean Up Devon!

Devon’s Top Attractions have been out on their annual ‘Clean up the County’ campaign, getting Devon clean and tidy, ready for Easter.

Last year members of Devon’s Top Attractions noticed that there was a large amount of rubbish littering Devon’s roadsides, verges and hedge sides. Members said they regularly send out their staff on litter picking duties outside of their attractions and they decided to start an annual ‘Clean up the County’ campaign.

This year the top attractions have noticed there seems to be even more litter and rubbish strewn across the county. They have teamed up again to get Devon ship shape and litter free ready for the start of the new tourist season. John Rous from Clovelly, North Devon and a leading member of the association said, “Everybody enjoys Devon’s unspoilt environment, we Devonians must keep it that way. As part of the ‘Clean Up the County’ Campaign, Clovelly has been pleased to litter pick along two miles of the A39 at Clovelly Cross. We have collected in along this stretch 13 bags of litter comprising of wheel hubs, plastic bottles, canned drinks, sandwich boxes and takeaway food holders. Last year along the same stretch we collected 7 bags. Let us try and keep our roadside verges litter free for the rest of 2016.”

The top visitor Attractions have this year teamed up with other Devon tourism businesses who have also acknowledged that there is a serious litter issue and who have joined the campaign. They have been working alongside some of Devon’s largest accommodation providers including Ladram Bay Holiday Park. This year the clean-up has also included some of Devon’s beaches and other beauty spots.

In an attempt to educate and to highlight the campaign further, the attractions have also engaged the help of some of their resident mascots who have been very willing to help fill the bin liners to keep Devon tidy.

Simon Fishwick, Chairman of the association said, “Last year the ‘Clean Up the County’ campaign was a real success and this year it is great to see that the campaign has gained momentum with other tourism businesses joining. This campaign illustrates that Devon still has a serious litter problem which needs to be addressed by everyone before it makes an impact on our economy.”

Devon’s Top Attractions have also been busy preparing a super collection of Easter themed events and egg-stra special activities ready for the school holidays.  To see the full programme of events, see their website.



By Anne Blackham

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