The Great British Spring Clean is coming to the Sunderland area, with Fulwell and Roker both set for spring spruce-ups.

Volunteers are invited to meet on Roker Beach on Saturday 24th March between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm.

On Wednesday 28th March between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm, over 100 youngsters will be participating in a litter pick in Fulwell’s Throat Cut Dean together with the Friends of Fulwell.

Pupils from Monkwearmouth Academy will be joining in the Fulwell litter pick and Monkwearmouth Football Academy will be getting involved too. The Friends of Fulwell are also inviting local businesses to offer support.

Volunteers should meet on the playing field of Monkwearmouth Academy.

Both the Roker and Fulwell events are free to take part in and everybody is welcome to come along.

Sunderland City Council’s North Area committee is supporting the clean-ups as part of its Raising Aspirations Projects.

The chair of the committee, Cllr Denny Wilson, said, “We all need to remind ourselves that we all have a duty of care to help keep our city clean and green.”

“There’s too much litter blighting our city and, indeed, all of our region. Our work here is helping people to get outdoors, get active, and to get together and help with clearing litter.”

“Let’s remember that we can all make a difference if we work together.” 

Sunderland Community Action Group (SCAG) is a member of the St Peter’s Youth and Community Partnership – an organisation that works with young people and families in St Peter’s and across Sunderland North. 

Richy Duggan, of SCAG, said, “By arranging the Roker Beach clean-up, we are not only helping the local environment, but also highlighting the need to get young people and families involved in the future.”

Monkwearmouth Academy’s executive headteacher, Steve Wilkinson, said, “The desire of Monkwearmouth Academy is to be at the heart of the community, working in partnership for the collective greater good.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity to support our local residents and show that we mean business and take responsibility for litter.”

For more details of the Roker clean-up, please telephone 0191 556 1047 or email

To learn more about the Fulwell clean-up, you can email You can also visit

The Great British Spring Clean is a nationwide campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy. You can learn more about it on the Twitter hashtag #litterheroes.  

(Featured image courtesy of Aberdeen Proving Ground, from Flickr Creative Commons)

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