Orinoco launches the Great British Spring Clean
The Wombles have joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
Orinoco was invited to the launch event at the House of Commons on 22 January, where Members of Parliament and other guests enjoyed having their photo taken with him (see their tweets below).
The public launch of the campaign was on Saturday, 25 January, with the front page of the Daily Mail featuring a photo of Orinoco with the prime minister, Boris Johnson.
A video clip on social media showed Boris Johnson reciting the lyrics of The Wombling Song.
The Wombles have had a longstanding connection with Keep Britain Tidy, helping to spread their message of ‘take your litter home’, or indeed “womble up the rubbish and put it in the bin”. In 2014, they joined their local Big Tidy Up on Wimbledon Common.
The Great British Spring Clean is about demonstrating that you love where you live – whether that’s by ‘pledging to pick’ while you’re walking the dog or taking the kids to school, hosting a clean-up or joining someone else’s event. Last year, more than 560,000 people took part and this year Keep Britain Tidy is aiming to get 600,000 ‘litter heroes’ out there.
This year’s campaign runs from 20 March to 13 April 2020. Find out how to take part on the Keep Britain Tidy website.
I had an important meeting at parliament with fellow Womble and PM @BorisJohnson this week. I'm delighted to announce we’re teaming up with the @dailymail and @keepbritaintidy for their #GBSpringClean campaign! Pledge to pick at https://t.co/AY4eq1Vpjb #WomblesWanted - Orinoco pic.twitter.com/PpBx6Kg5s5— The Wombles (@womblesofficial) January 25, 2020
Saturday's Mail: "Boris: Let's spring clean Britain" (via @hendopolis) #TomorrowsPapersToday #BBCPapers pic.twitter.com/WjA8Bjdvm9— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 24, 2020
We have some very exciting news...— Keep Britain Tidy (@KeepBritainTidy) January 22, 2020
The @womblesofficial are coming out of hibernation for the #GBSpringClean 🙌💚🚮#WomblesWanted #GBSchoolClean #LitterHeroes #KeepBritainTidy pic.twitter.com/jT1DOi5xzQ
Not only does litter spoil the natural beauty of our environment, it also poses a threat to wildlife. That’s why I am using my @keepbritaintidy litter picker to take part in the #GBSpringClean https://t.co/Ne82ueM4n1— Alex Davies-Jones MP (@AlexDaviesJones) January 22, 2020
P.S I also got to meet a Womble 😍 #LifeGoals pic.twitter.com/8Bxie0fNP2
Only someone born in the 1970s will understand the happiness in my face at the photoshoot to launch the @KeepBritainTidy Great British Spring Clean 2020. #wombleswanted pic.twitter.com/zUyMRlZaro— Andrew Gwynne MP 🇺🇦 (@GwynneMP) January 22, 2020
.@KeepBritainTidy's research shows that people are more likely to litter where litter is present. Small actions can make a big difference. Take part in this years #GBSpringClean and help clean our streets, parks and beaches in North Somerset https://t.co/Xf2isd7dmw #LitterHeroes pic.twitter.com/hpQP2SLgWs— Dr Liam Fox MP (@LiamFox) January 22, 2020
It is always good to catch up with a constituent in Parliament. We’re teaming up to tackle #MuckyMerton pic.twitter.com/73RI8KSLcd— Stephen Hammond MP (@S_Hammond) January 22, 2020
I have met some unusual individuals in @HouseofCommons but this one is pretty extraordinary . Good to meet #Orinoco pic.twitter.com/ivclKat99A— Robert Halfon MP ➡️Working Hard for Harlow⬅️ (@halfon4harlowMP) January 22, 2020
I support @KeepBritainTidy 's #GBSpringClean (20 March-13 April 2020) and declare that litter which degrades the beauty of our environment and therefore threatens to harm wildlife is not acceptable. More details - https://t.co/auSdxhfKas pic.twitter.com/al31rmeGLR— William Wragg MP (@William_Wragg) January 22, 2020
Your own litter-picker and the chance to meet a womble = an offer you can’t refuse - but the important bit is supporting @KeepBritainTidy’s #GBSpringClean 20 March - 13 April. Litter is unsightly and a threat to wildlife - will you join Nottingham’s #LitterHeroes? pic.twitter.com/J62Ndva9lI— Lilian Greenwood (@LilianGreenwood) January 22, 2020
Remember, Remember, Remember.....to support the Great British Spring Clean. Orinoco insists! #GBSpringClean #KeepBritainTidy @KeepBritainTidy pic.twitter.com/8Nq9DO2xXd— Damian Green MP (@DamianGreen) January 22, 2020
With @RSPCA_official I’m proud to again be supporting @KeepBritainTidy with the #GBSpringClean this year. pic.twitter.com/SUaJ1XOfRP— Holly Barber (@hb78) January 22, 2020
A pleasure to meet Orinoco the Womble in Parliament today who was very passionate about @KeepBritainTidy. A very worthy cause! pic.twitter.com/79DgszsBn4— Gill Furniss MP 💙 (@GillFurnissMP) January 22, 2020
So delighted to meet a Womble in Parliament today! I loved the Wombles of Wimbledon as a child. @KeepBritainTidy Great British Spring Clean 2020. #wombleswanted pic.twitter.com/m4WB1oDpEk— Diana Johnson DBE MP 🇬🇧🇺🇦🌈 (@DianaJohnsonMP) January 22, 2020
Delighted the Wombles are getting involved with #GBSpringClean starting 20 March #wombleswanted @KeepBritainTidy pic.twitter.com/w99y047c3D— Philippa Anderson (@PhilippaAnde) January 22, 2020
We were delighted to attend the launch of @KeepBritainTidy's 2020 #GBSpringClean today!— Women's Institute (@WomensInstitute) January 22, 2020
NFWI Chair Lynne Stubbings spoke at the event about the WI's shared history with Keep Britain Tidy and even got to meet a womble! #LitterHeroes pic.twitter.com/H4NpJPtPWT
"We want to make litter picking a national sport." Wise words from @aogdennewton at the launch of #GBSpringClean today. Our amazing @mcsuk volunteers will be out in force helping to keeping our beaches clean.— Tamsin Betti (@TamsinBetti) January 22, 2020
And ... I got to meet a womble - childhood ambition realised!😀 pic.twitter.com/TsHoNTymZT
Got to hang out with Orinoco today to promote #GBSpringClean - in Test Valley there is an enormous reason to find Wombles to Recycle Reuse Rethink www.bintheincinerator pic.twitter.com/f9TS4VWM0J— Caroline Nokes MP (@carolinenokes) January 22, 2020
With the amazing @KeepBritainTidy team and everyone’s fav #Womble #Orinoco at the House of Commons launching #GBSpringClean 2020 💚🚮👍 130 MPs signed up already and thanks to @VictoriaPrentis and today @peterkyle for Chairing our #TidyBritainAPPG we have 110 MP/Lords members WOW pic.twitter.com/b8qLHIW5RZ— Allison Ogden-Newton OBE 🇺🇦 (@aogdennewton) January 22, 2020
Look!! I met Orinoco today. Put it on FB & 1 of my sisters was outraged because I promised when we were wee to take her to see The Wombles of Wimbledon 1 day. She's feeling betrayed lol. She reminded me about this pic of us at Wallace Day sporting our Wombles T shirts! Impressed? pic.twitter.com/7a8t8ZsrHe— Anne McLaughlin SNP MP (@AnneMcLaughlin) January 22, 2020
Keeping #Worcester clean & tidy is always a priority, good to meet a Womble in @UKParliament to celebrate the launch of the #GreatBritishSpringClean @KeepBritainTidy pic.twitter.com/vdnNuuJv3m— Robin Walker (@WalkerWorcester) January 23, 2020
Not only is litter bad to live alongside but it causes untold damage to our natural world, especially our oceans where much of our litter accumulates 🐳🗑️— Wera Hobhouse MP 🔶 🇺🇦 (@Wera_Hobhouse) January 23, 2020
Join me and help @KeepBritainTidy’s #GBSpringClean, from 20 March-13 April!😊#GBSpringClean pic.twitter.com/shm187X7A5
It was great to attend the #GreatBritishSpringClean event yesterday in @UKParliament, hosted by @KeepBritainTidy and @VictoriaPrentis. Thanks so much for the litter-picker. I plan on using it very soon in #Worcestershire to help keep our streets #litterfree. pic.twitter.com/3OgjJUC5ZG— Nigel Huddleston MP (@HuddlestonNigel) January 23, 2020
Yesterday I joined the #TidyBritain APPG at @KeepBritainTidy ‘s #GBSpringClean launch. Let’s all do our bit to tidy up our community and make a difference. I’ll be using my litter pick in West Brom! Find out more: https://t.co/JHC9eNLKsk #LitterHeroes pic.twitter.com/YgavcFLJNr— Nicola Richards MP (@Nicola4WBE) January 23, 2020
Delighted to meet every 70s/80s kids hero Orinoco @womblesofficial in Parliament to launch @KeepBritainTidy 2020 #GBSpringClean— Rupa Huq MP (@RupaHuq) January 24, 2020
The Wombles were the original eco-warriors with their recycling, reconditioning ethic and plenty on in this spirit all over the country coming up pic.twitter.com/HYgAxPFu07
Very happy to support @KeepBritainTidy #GBSpringClean don’t miss it 20 March-13 April 2020. Innovation in the use of clean vehicles, working together & community clean ups can make a massive difference! Sign up here to join https://t.co/fhjUvZFE1s Leicester East @womblesofficial pic.twitter.com/rAcXkBcfiI— Claudia Webbe MP (@ClaudiaWebbe) January 25, 2020
Phrases you only hear in Parliament: 'The womble won't be back until quarter to - I'm sorry but the PM's got him'— Adam Dyster (@AdamDyster) January 22, 2020
A dream brief. I am helping to bring this furry chap and his mates out of hibernation. To those under 40 he’s a Womble. We have launched a #wombleswanted campaign. Follow Orinoco & his mates @womblesofficial pic.twitter.com/TWsaR0y0OQ— Martin Thomas (@MartinTmkg) January 24, 2020
I had a great day launching The Great British Spring Clean with @KeepBritainTidy. I’m excited to help improve local environments around Great Britain. Let’s get wombling. ♻️- Orinoco #wombleswanted #greatbritishspringclean pic.twitter.com/p8rZgpk7He— The Wombles (@womblesofficial) January 22, 2020