The Great British Spring Clean returns next month, and North Devon residents are being asked to get involved and help tidy up their neighbourhoods.

Keep Britain Tidy’s nationwide campaign is asking people to hold or join cleaning events from March 2-4.

North Devon Council is getting on board too, offering practical support by loaning out litter-pickers, refuse bags and high visibility clothing.

The council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: : “We at North Devon Council are very keen to support any clean-up events that town and parish councils, community groups and organisations may wish to run.

“We can loan out our litter-pickers, high visibility clothing, refuse bags, and even collect rubbish from their events by prior arrangement. We all need to take responsibility for keeping our local communities tidy, and we hope to encourage local people and groups to get involved and help clean up their neighbourhoods.”

Beach cleans at Woolacombe, Greencliff and Bucks Mills are already scheduled for the Great British Spring Clean.

Surfers Against Sewage launched its Plastic Free Coastlines campaign last year, and the group’s South West representative Claire Moody hopes spring cleans will encourage people to think about how they use plastic.

She said: “Spending time cleaning the beach gets people outdoors and reconnecting with their natural environment.

“Witnessing the damage that marine litter is having on their own local beaches will hopefully encourage people to look at ways they can reduce their own plastic footprint. Organising a beach clean is fun, rewarding and easier than you think.

“Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Surfers Against Sewage if you need support from our ever growing beach cleaning community.”

To find a beach clean, or to organise one, visit Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean site. If you need to borrow equipment from North Devon Council, contact them at customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk