The Great British Spring Clean – events in Brighton & Hove  

Residents across the city will be rolling up their sleeves, donning their gloves and gearing up for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

Volunteers from the council’s Tidy Up Team, members of Friends Groups and other organisations are teaming up with the council’s park rangers to take part in a month long programme of events.

The Great British Spring Clean is part of a national campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

Spring clean events in Brighton & Hove

Events in Brighton & Hove kick off with a launch on March 22 and include:

Keep Britain Tidy Great British Springclean Launch event on New Road

22 March, 10am to 2pm

Residents can sign up to take part in litter picking events in parks and open spaces across the city during the great British Spring Clean 2019.

Surrenden Field

23 March, 12 noon to 3pm

Join the Friends of Surrenden Field and council rangers for a litterpick.of the field and woodland.

Whitehawk Hill

24 March, 11am to 1pm

Help to keep Whitehawk Hill looking spectacular by getting involved in this litter pick as part of the Keep Britain Tidy #GB Springclean. All tools and equipment will be provided.

Ladies Mile

26 March, 11am to 2pm

The council’s Tidy Up Team and the council’s rangers are joining forces to organise a Big Tidy Up at Ladies Mile Nature reserve.

Withdean Park Making Dog Waste Bag Dispensers

27 March, 11am to 2pm

The Great British Spring Clean is not just about litter. The council’s rangers are organising events to reduce waste too. Learn how to make dog waste bag dispensers for your local park and home.

Coney Wood

28 March, 10am to 1pm

Join the council’s rangers for a woodland tidy up. All tools and equipment will be provided. Meet by the windmill and wear practical footwear for walking in the woods.

Vale Park #GBSpringclean

30th March, 2pm to 4pm

The friends of Vale Park are organising a litter pick, supported by Brighton & Hove Rangers. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear sensible footwear.

Hodshrove Woods

30th March, 10am to 1pm

Meet at the playground at the end of Goodwood Way. Wear practical footwear and clothes.

Three Cornered Copse

30 March, 10am to 1pm

Join members of the Friends of Three Cornered Copse, regular supporters of the Great British Spring Clean, for a litter pick event.

Bevenclean II

31 March, 10am to 1pm

Following the success of last year’s event, residents are invited to join cityclean staff and the council’s rangers for Bevenclean II.


1 April, 11am to 1pm

You’d be a ‘fool’ not to come along to this litter pick at the Race Hill! Volunteers will be clearing litter from the orchard and surrounding meadows.

Benfield Hill

2 April, 11am to 2pm

Meet the council’s Rangers for a litter pick on this downland site. All tools and equipment will be provided. Please wear suitable footwear.

Blaker's Park

3 April, 11am to 2pm

Blaker’s Park is one of the cleanest and tidiest in the city thanks to Tidy Up Team volunteers. Join them to pick up litter and neaten the path edges. Brooms and edging tools will be provided.

Stanmer Park

4 April, 10am to 4pm

This litter pick is being organised by the council’s rangers in partnership with the Sussex Wildlife Trust as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Craven Woods

5 April, 11am to 2pm

Meet the council’s rangers at the end of The Causeway to take part in this litter pick in Craven Woods.

Falmer Pond

8 April, 11am to 2pm

Wellies are a must for this litter pick at Falmer Pond, organised by the council’s rangers. All tools and equipment will be provided.

Saltdean Oval

9 April, 11am to 2pm

Volunteers are invited to help tidy up this lovely park on the city’s border. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please wear suitable footwear.

Falmer Road Multi-use track

10 April, 10am to 2pm

The council’s rangers and South Downs National Park staff are joining forces for a litter pick along the multi-use path that runs parallel to Falmer Road, from Woodingdean.

Horsdean Recreation Ground

14 April, 10am to 2pm

Members of sports teams, community payback, residents and rangers will be working together to litter pick and support the Great British Spring Clean.

Coldean Woods

15 April, 10.30am to 1.30pm

Meet opposite the hikers’ rest on Coldean Lane to take part in this litter pick with the council’s ranger and Friends of Coldean Woods.

Whitehawk Hill

20 April, 11am to 1pm

Whitehawk Hill is spectacular and you can help keep it that way by joining the rangers and taking part in this litter pick.

Preston Park Easter Egg Hunt and Rock Painting

21 April, 11am to 2pm

Design and paint a rock with a litter related message and win a prize in this Easter Egg Hunt and competition organised by the council’s rangers and Friends of Preston Park.

Make an Eco Brick Demonstration

22 April, 11am to 2pm 

Join Brighton’s eco-brick maker at the Old Steine, who will be demonstrating how to create effective eco-bricks.

Take part

To sign up and take part in any of these events, visit the Keep Britain Tidy website

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment committee said: “It’s great to see communities coming together to help organise a packed programme of Great British Spring Clean events to help us tidy up our city – the biggest and best yet!

“Not only will they be improving the appearance of the city’s parks and open spaces, but encouraging other residents to take more care of their local environment too.”

Big Litter Ballot bins

City centre visitors can look out for special Big Litter Ballot bins inviting cat and dog lovers to cast their votes for their favourite pet.

The bins can be found at public spaces in the city every Friday from 11am to 2pm. 

People will be asked the question: ‘Which do you prefer, cats or dogs?’ and invited to drop their litter in the relevant bin. The result of the ballot will be announced on 23 April.

The bins will be unveiled at the launch on March 22, moving to Preston Park on March 29, Dyke Road Park on April 5, The Level on April 12 and Hove Park on April 19. 

Join the Tidy Up Team

There will be also plenty of opportunities during the month for residents to attend training and become a signed up member of the councils’ Tidy Up Team. 

Training and induction sessions will be held at the Learning Resource Centre at Hollingdean depot on:

  • 25 March
  • 13 April
  • 17 April
  • 18 April

Join more than 150 volunteers who have already been through training and induction to receive their Litter Pick Kit, all kits are provided using money collected from fines for littering and fly-tipping.

Learn more about joining the Tidy Up team