February 29th 2016

Clean for The Queen

More than 60 cadets from a local youth organisation will be visiting Elvaston Castle Country Park this weekend (5 March) as part of an organised litter-picking activity.

Clean for the Queen is an event that has been organised in the run up to Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday to inspire a million people across the country to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter-picking to make the places we live more beautiful.

In Derbyshire, cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) will be helping to clean up Elvaston Castle Country Park on Saturday 5 March, with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire being invited to formally start the event.

Phil Giles, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s (RFCA) Derbyshire County Chairman, who is also part of the Youth United Derbyshire organising committee, said: “Under the guidance of Youth United, an organisation that brings together representatives from a number of local youth groups, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron are set to be a part of the anti-litter campaign that was first carried out in 1953, the year of The Queen’s coronation.

“I’m delighted that in the year of The Queen’s 90th birthday people across the country will be coming together to show we care about our cities, parks, beaches and waterways and that we will go out of our way to ‘do our bit’ to clean up litter.”

Sergeant Elodie Marsh is one of the adult volunteers taking part in the event from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron. Elodie said: “Both our cadets and adult volunteers are looking forward to taking part in this event. We hope that by taking part in this event we will help to encourage people to generally stop dropping litter and instead use the bins provided.”

Gill Forrester, Park Manager at Elvaston Castle Country Park, said: “I am delighted Youth United Derbyshire has chosen to come to Elvaston as part of this fantastic national event.  It is a great way of encouraging everyone to take pride in their local environment.”

There are a number of Clean for the Queen events taking place throughout the United Kingdom in the first three months of the year, although many litter clear-ups are planned to happen from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2016.


“Both our cadets and adult volunteers are looking forward to taking part in this event."