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.
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
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 24, 2020
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.
We have some very exciting news…
— Keep Britain Tidy ??? (@KeepBritainTidy) January 22, 2020
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
— 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
Meeting Orinoco my childhood hero! Proud to support @KeepBritainTidy and the #GBSpringClean. Litter spoils the natural beauty of #YnysMôn and poses a threat to wildlife. People more likely to drop litter where there is litter – lets do our bit to make a difference. Thank you ? pic.twitter.com/mT25lLSefx
— Virginia Crosbie MP (@VirginiaCrosbie) January 22, 2020
— Stephen Hammond MP (@S_Hammond) January 22, 2020
— 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
— Damian Green MP (@DamianGreen) January 22, 2020
— Holly Barber (@hb78) January 22, 2020
— Gill Furniss MP (@GFurnissLabour) January 22, 2020
— Diana Johnson MP (@DianaJohnsonMP) January 22, 2020
— Philippa Anderson (@PhilippaAnde) January 22, 2020
— Women's Institute (@WomensInstitute) January 22, 2020
"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.
And … I got to meet a womble – childhood ambition realised!? pic.twitter.com/TsHoNTymZT
— Tamsin Maunder Betti (@TamMaunderBetti) January 22, 2020
— Caroline Nokes (@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 FRSA (@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
— 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
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
— ?icola Richards MP (@Nicola4WBE) January 23, 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
— Rupa Huq MP (@RupaHuq) January 24, 2020
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