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The charity Sustrans needs volunteers for a series of litter picks along a 14-mile section of the Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route, from Chester le-Street to Consett, as part of Durham County Council’s “Big Spring Clean”.

Local residents and Sustrans volunteers are running the first of the charity’s six litter picks today (10-12 noon on 9 March) on the Chester-Le-Street to Pelton section of the path..

Details of other litter picks are as follows:

Big Spring Clean (NCN7 in Beamish) – Saturday 17th March 10am until 12 noon

We will be picking litter as we walk along the Coast to Coast track in both directions from the Eden Place picnic area towards the A693 and Shield Row.

We will be meeting at 10am in the Eden Place picnic area car park, Beamish, DH3 0RE.

This is a Google map of the meeting point – https://goo.gl/gBf5N2

Big Spring Clean (NCN7 in Stanley) – Monday 19th March 10am until 12 noon

We will be picking litter as we walk along the Coast to Coast track in both directions from Oakies Park towards Shield Row and Kyo Lane.

We will be meeting at 10am in the Oakies Park car park, Stanley, DH9 8AW.

This is a Google map of the meeting point – https://goo.gl/1NHepN

Big Spring Clean (NCN7 in Annfield Plain) – Tuesday 27th March 10am until 12 noon

We will be picking litter as we walk along the Coast to Coast track in both directions from Annfield Plain Park towards Kyo Lane and Greencroft Industrial Estate.

We will be meeting at 10am in the Annfield Plain Park car park, DH9 7XF.

This is a Google map of the meeting point – https://goo.gl/94ZNNG

Big Spring Clean (NCN7 in Leadgate) – Wednesday 11th April 10am until 12 noon

We will be picking litter as we walk along the Coast to Coast track in both directions from the Jolly Drovers towards Greencroft Industrial Estate and the A692 near Consett.

We will be meeting at 10am on the hard standing along Brooms Lane, Leadgate, DH8 7SW

This is a Google map of the meeting point – https://goo.gl/ft3agt

Big Spring Clean (NCN7 in Consett) – Sunday 22nd. April 10am until 12 noon

We will be picking litter as we walk along the Coast to Coast track in both directions from the Lydgetts Junction car park towards A692, Consett and Hounsgill Viaduct.
We will be meeting at 10am in the car park at Lydgetts Junction, Consett, DH8 8BE.

This is a Google map of the meeting point – https://goo.gl/7EaFPK

Sarah Donnelly, Sustrans volunteer coordinator said: “Please join our Big Spring Clean along the Sea to Sea and help us keep our cycle and walking route free from litter. Last year we collected an incredible 250 bin bags of litter, so in spite of the unseasonal cold we’re hoping to get the same response this year. We will provide all equipment but please dress in suitable warm or waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.”

The C2C cycle and walking route runs 140 miles from Whitehaven to Sunderland. Sustrans owns and manages some traffic free sections, including areas between Consett to Chester-le-Street, Whitehaven to Rowrah and Workington to Keswick.

Sustrans would like to hear from anyone who wants to help keep the C2C path clear of rubbish or to help with a wide variety of maintenance and wildlife management jobs.

Litter pickers / gloves and binbags will all be provided courtesy of Sustrans and Durham County Council.

Please bring along a pair of gardening gloves if you have them. It may also be useful to bring along a drink and a snack for yourself. Please come along dressed for the weather with warm / waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.

For more information please see our Sustrans North East Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SustransNE/) or contact Sarah Donnelly, Volunteer Coordinator, Sustrans – sarah.donnelly@sustrans.org.uk / 07780 612252.

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