Environment and Community

IMPORTANT UPDATE - As a result of the wintry conditions, we have taken the decision to postpone York’s Spring Clean to ensure residents and partners stay safe in the wintry weather.

The official guidance from Keep Britain Tidy is to keep an eye on the weather and if there is any doubt about safety not to go ahead with events.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Acting Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for the Environment, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has planned an event or who was hoping to take part in an activity this weekend. The wintry weather may have postponed our plans, but it won’t cancel them altogether. I’d encourage people to re-schedule their events over the next few weeks – hopefully when it will be a bit warmer – and we can all still be litter heroes!”

For more information, see The Great British Spring Clean.

Volunteering in your neighbourhood

Our Environment and Community officers work with volunteer residents to:

  • help maintain a cleaner, safer and greener environment in York
  • create attractive neighbourhoods
  • create a real sense of community

We have many opportunities available for volunteers, including:

  • litter picking - help improve the appearance of areas that may otherwise be neglected
  • gardening - help tend the city's green spaces
  • Snow Warden Scheme - helping keep residential pavements clear of snow and ice
  • park locking and unlocking - volunteers help keep parks secure
  • Himalayan Balsam bashing - reducing this evasive non-native plant

To help you get the most out of your volunteering experience, we'll provide you with:

  • health and safety training
  • appropriate equipment
  • insurance

For more volunteering opportunities, please contact York CVS or see the national volunteering database at Do-it.org.

Joining a local group

We actively encourage volunteers to set up groups, or to join existing ones which help make a difference in the local community and provide ways to learn new skills.

York has numerous voluntary groups who help maintain areas such as:

For information about joining a local group or volunteering in your neighbourhood, please contact us.

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