The Great Big Green Week will see communities come together, from across the country, to raise awareness and develop plans for our climate and nature.

The campaign will run from the 18 to the 26 September and it is envisaged that the activities taking place will be significant in raising the issues of climate change and our environment. Events will celebrate how communities are coming together to take action to tackle climate change as well as protecting and enhancing our green spaces.

In November, the United Kingdom will host the United Nations Climate Summit (known as COP26). The Big Green Week will provide opportunities to raise the profile of climate change as well as developing practical plans to tackle its effects in the run up to the Summit.

A range of activities are planned to take place across the country during the week including the installation of public art, community litter picks and the provision of ‘climate cafes’.

In Ashington, the Town Council has recently developed a Climate Change & Environmental Issues Working Group, following the adoption of a motion to tackle Climate Change (prior to the Covid-19 pandemic). The Working Group are now formulating plans to raise the issues of climate change as well as developing practical projects to tackle the issue at a local level, including significant tree planting across the town.

As part of the Great Big Green Week, Ashington Town Council has also organised a community litter pick that will take place in and around Hirst Park on Saturday 25 September, from 10.30am till 12.00noon (meeting at the Growing Zone area).

Hirst Park is a fantastic green space in Ashington and has recently undergone a multi-million pound improvement scheme with support from the National Lottery and Town and County Council’s.

If you would like to take part in the litter pick, at Hirst Park, can you please call Ashington Town Council on tel 01670 624 520 / 620 533 or email sharonparmleyatc@gmail.com to book your place.

For more information on the Great Big Green Week visit Great Big Green Week