High Wycombe will be topping up its environmental credentials this weekend, as a Town Tidy & Spring Clean event takes place on Saturday 24th April, as part of the international celebration World Earth Day (Thursday 22nd April).

The event, which is part of the international celebration around World Earth Day, is being organised by High Wycombe Business Improvement District (HWBIDCo) and local eco-heroes Chiltern Rangers. The two organisations are now inviting visitors to do their bit for High Wycombe and join one of the three ‘litter picking’ sessions, taking place on Saturday 24th April (10am, 1pm & 3pm).

John Shaw, MD & Chief Eco-Leader for Chiltern Rangers, explained. “We’re passionate about keeping our environment free from litter – sadly it’s an increasingly prevalent issue. It’s great to be involved in this project with HWBIDCo, to help free the town from trash, and so important that everyone does their bit – by working together we can really make a difference!”

The first two ‘litter picking’ sessions will focus on the river along by Wycombe Swan. All equipment will be provided and Covid safety regulations will be in place. Participants will also receive a little earth-friendly gift as a ‘thank you’ for showing their support to the eco initiative. Participants can sign up for the FREE sessions through Eventbrite – space is limited so booking is essential!

Saturday will also see shoppers encouraged to take part in a town-wide ‘Plastic Bag Amnesty’. Town centre visitors will be asked to turn in their plastic bags, and pledge a promise to minimise their use of ‘single use’ plastics, for which, in return, they’ll receive a new High Wycombe branded cotton tote for use on future shopping trips.

Explaining the thinking behind the event, Chief Executive of HWBIDCo, Melanie Williams, said, “As well as making the town centre a pleasant place to be, we want this event to highlight the importance of keeping our environment clean and serving the public in an ethical way. World Earth Day celebrates our planet as a whole, but by each doing our own little bit we can influence a positive impact & legacy for our local spaces too.”

For more information on the event, please check the www.mywycombe.com website event listings or contact info@hwbidco.co.uk. For more info on Chiltern Rangers, please visit: www.chilternrangers.co.uk