Clean Coasts Week

Clean Coasts

Keep Wales Tidy is urging people to get involved and volunteer their time during Clean Coast Week, supported by McDonald’s, between 23 April – 1 May and help care for our award-winning Welsh coastline.

With a dedicated week of coastal action, Keep Wales Tidy is searching for volunteers across Wales, committing to work together to help get our beaches and coastline looking beautiful and ready for everyone to enjoy during the busy summer months.

This is the fourth annual Clean Coast Week which is once again being supported and sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants throughout Wales and Helping Hand Environmental through a range of dedicated bespoke equipment.

Keep Wales Tidy, one of Wales’ leading environment charities, along with McDonald’s restaurant staff, community groups, schools and businesses will take part in clean-up events across the country as part of the Spring clean.

The fourth annual Clean Coast Week 2016 follows the success of the previous three years. Since 2013, more than 325 registered events have taken place across the Welsh coast, with nearly 8,000 people getting involved in collecting over 6,700 bags of rubbish.

Events have already been organised across the country to help give beaches a spring clean before the busy summer season, but Keep Wales Tidy needs more volunteers to sign up.

Howard Gray, Head of Sustainability & Distribution at McDonalds UK said:

“McDonald’s has been trading in Wales for nearly 20 years and are proud to be involved and supporting the Clean Coast Campaign for the fourth year in a row. Each year has been a fantastic success so far and also a very positive way to bring the community together to help clean up the much loved Welsh coastline ahead of the hustle and bustle of the summer months.

“Our restaurant teams throughout Wales will be volunteering as part of our commitment to keeping our local environment clean and litter-free. We would love to see as many people as possible joining in to make Clean Coast Week a huge success in 2016.”

Wales boasts some spectacular beaches, many having received the internationally recognised Blue Flag Award which is managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy.

Clean Coast Week 2016 is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in appreciating and caring for our coast – from sprucing up coastal areas to removing litter left on our beaches.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy comments:

“The coastline is very important for Wales as it allows us to showcase our beautiful country, boosting local economies and the tourism industry. It’s important that we get together to help care for our beaches and maintain the high standard of our coast. I hope that people from across Wales can spend a few hours at their nearest coastal area to ensure that locals and visitors can continue to enjoy the best that Wales has to offer.”

If you would like take part in one of the arranged clean up events or would like to organise your own event, visit or e-mail for more information.

South Ayreshire Council Success at top environmental awards


Keep Scotland Beautiful announces 2016 Local Environmental Quality award winners

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has revealed that South Ayrshire Council has received a prestigious Local Environmental Quality Award in recognition of efforts to improve Scotland’s local environment.

The local authority celebrated its success at the annual awards ceremony earlier this week (Tuesday 15 March), hosted by Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Local Environmental Quality Network (The LEQ Network) which aims to improve the cleanliness and quality of the environment on publicly accessible land in Scotland.

South Ayrshire Council was presented with the Community Participation Award, sponsored by Helping Hands Environmental, recognising the success of the Newton Primary Freestyle Environmental Visual Audit (FEVA) project.

Based in the Wallacetoun area of Ayr, the project involved pupils from Newton’sP4/5 class going out into their community and recording environmental issues to help them understand the consequences of negative behaviour. FEVA involved both children and the community with young people encouraged to feedback on what they found to families and friends. Issues such as dog fouling, littering, fly tipping, and discarded alcohol bottles all featured as well as positive aspects such as open/green spaces, play parks and attractive flower beds. The aim of the initiative was to encourage children to take responsibility and to make a positive difference in their own community,

On receiving the award Mike Newall, Head of Neighbourhood Services, South Ayrshire Council said, “It’s fantastic to be recognised with this prestigious award from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

“We’re committed to provide our children and young people with the best possible life chances, and helping them develop into responsible citizens is an important part of their general education.

“We’ve worked closely with Newton Primary School and the people of Wallacetoun to improve their local environmental quality and look forward to developing this project in the months ahead.”

All entries excelled in delivering significant improvements to local environmental quality, engaging the wider community and networks in order to deliver environmental enhancements and undertaking targeted and innovative action to improve their local area.

Lindsay Richmond, UK Product and Communities Manager at Helping Hand Environmental said, “We are proud and delighted to sponsor the Community Participation Award and to support Keep Scotland Beautiful in its quest to make Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.”

Images of the winners receiving their awards can be accessed here.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“It gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations to this year’s LEQ Award winners from South Ayrshire. Local authorities and duty bodies from across Scotland are working hard to improve local environmental quality and today’s winners demonstrate the unique approaches which are being development in order to allow us to address specific environmental problems.

“Poor local environmental quality can have a significant impact upon health and well-being in local communities. At Scotland’s Local Environmental Quality Conference on 15 March we launched a report highlighting that Scotland’s local environmental quality is in decline.  However, programmes undertaken by the LEQ Network and their partners, including schools, help to improve local places for people,  create further community cohesion and build more civic pride Scotland-wide.”

The awards ceremony marked the closing of the LEQ Network annual conference, and highlighted the outstanding work that has been carried out over the past year by Local Environmental Quality Network members.

Membership of the Network is open to all environment improvement professionals, many of them employed by Scotland’s major land managers, including local authorities and private sector organisations. The Network aims to ensure the sharing of best practise amongst those responsible for maintaining Scotland’s open spaces.


Notes to editors

  1. Keep Scotland Beautiful is the charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for. We are committed to making Scotland clean, green and more sustainable. Further details from The charity’s Chief Executive, Derek Robertson, is also President of the Clean Europe Network.
  2. The Local Environmental Quality Network (LEQ Network) is a partnership programme for local authorities and other land managers or duty bodies which aims to bring about an improvement in the cleanliness and quality of the environment on publicly accessible land through effective, efficient management and targeted action. Further details at:

  1. The LEQ Network is closely linked to our Clean Up Scotland Campaign and many of the programme partners are actively supporting the campaign and taking action to clean up Scotland’s local environments.
  2. Media enquiries to Peter Duncan on 07740469949 / or Kirsty Leiper on 07908781331 /



Environmental Funding Pots Available for Summer Community Campaigns

Catch up on the latest grants and funding available to support your community clean ups campaigns in 2017.

Northern Ireland – The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme deadline has been extended until 28th June. Live Here Love Here are providing grants from £500 to £5,000 and are open to any groups undertaking environmental community based projects across NI.

Organising a litterpicking project? Contact Helping Hand and quote KNIBGROUP to gain access to our range of discounted equipment as friend of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Scotland – CSV Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives. Grants of £250-£500 are available annually to run environmental activities which protect and enhance their local environment. Visit

England – Awards for All gives groups in England small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. They will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. Visit

Nationwide –

WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, environmental conservation and heritage projects of between £2,000 and £10,000. Visit

The Greggs Foundation have environmental grants available upto £2,000 for groups who are undertaking litterpicking and gardening activities. Visit deadline has been extended until 24th June.

Costa Coffee as developed a Community Hub which schools and groups can register for support from their local store – this can include volunteers hours, litterpicking kits or fundraising opportunities. Find out more

Please let our business know if we can help you. As well as being the #1 Litter Clearance Hand Tools Supplier, we have also produced a Volunteer Litter Guide to support planning and organising your clean up events for groups and schools.

Contact our Green Team at or on 01531 635678 for more information about our products, kits, partnerships and campaign guides.

Helping Hand scoop the award for business of the year!

The Helping Hand Company wins top award at charity’s annual awards ceremony

The world’s largest manufacturer of litter clearance tools show their commitment to improving the environment, and as a result collected one of the top honours at Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Network Awards Ceremony, which was held in Birmingham last Wednesday.

The Helping Hand Company won the Keep Britain Tidy Network’s Award for Business of the Year.

The Helping Hand Company has supported local authorities, waste contractors, community groups, schools and charities for more than 50 years, with their range of tools and systems.

Along with providing portable solutions to tackle litter issues, they have supported their customers in creating innovative campaigns with key environmental charities, including Keep Britain Tidy.

The Helping Hand Company was one of 11 winners whose achievements were recognised at the ceremony. The awards celebrated the exceptional contributions that Keep Britain Tidy’s partners and supporters have made to the local and global environment.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Well done to The Helping Hand Company for winning the Keep Britain Tidy Network Award for Business of the Year. It is fantastic to see the commitment The Helping Hand have to improving the environment and we will continue to work closely with them in the future. Well done to everyone involved.”

Established in 1965 as a family-run business, we still operate from our Head Office in Herefordshire but we continue to grow!
The business has expanded to include a 40,000sq/ft manufacturing facility in Hereford which includes Injection moulding, Vacuum forming and Tube bending and a little further up the country in Staffordshire we have a sling manufacturing unit too.

We insist on delivering the best service by developing quality products and for the 3rd year running we have been accredited ISO9001:2008.

We research, design, develop and manufacture all our products here in the UK, putting all that’s ‘Great’ about Britain into the service we offer.

For more information about our product ranges please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team direct on 01531 635678

Helping Hand Environmental to launch NEW Professional Range

Helping Hand Environmental are proud to introducing our NEW RANGE of litter clearance tools for 2016. They deliver intelligent, comfortable & long lasting smarter solutions – providing you with professional tools and targeted application for improved litter management.

R&D driven our NEW Range has been designed with our customers in mind. We understand there are a number of core challenges environmental management teams are faced with including:

• Lack of funding/budget restrictions
• Ensuring value for money
• Cost effective delivery of work
• Credibility/longevity of tools purchased
• Communication, information sharing and engaging residents

Helping Hand Environmental can help you meet these challenges by providing:

• Knowledge banks of funding and grants available
• Cost effective tools for the right type of litter
• Training for staff on tool application and environmental hazards
• The right tool for the right environment/application guaranteed
• Free marketing/engagement support for local clean up activity

HH Environmental prides ourselves, for not only being a Quality Assured British Manufacturer but we care passionately for making our world cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

View our NEW website and order online via NEW shop

Or learn more about our NEW Range – in it’s very own Newslitter Helping Hand Environmental UK Newsletter or for a more in depth overview call the HH Environmental Team on 01531 635678 who will be able to assist you in selecting the right tool for right application.

Helping Hand Environmental (a division of The Helping Hand Company) have been manufacturing Litter Clearance Tools and supporting local authorities in improving Litter Management since 1965.

HH Environmental – #1 for Litter Clearance Tools & Your Campaign Partner for Sustainable Litter Management

Street Boss

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The next leader in multi functional litter collection, Street Boss encompassing a range of practical solutions for daily cleansing tasks; including the innovative ‘Pick and Push’ feature – designed to allow continuous handling and operational comfort.

Highly maneuverable and easy to use, Street Boss has puncture proof tyres for added longevity and stability across uneven surfaces with an integrated safety brake designed to support work on gradients. The system comprises of two Handihoop Plus sack retentions units for quick removal; each with the capacity to carry 100 litres, giving the operator the option to segregate litter at street level.

And the systems’ unique tool storage facilities increase productivity – allowing the operative to undertake a range of cleansing tasks and with optional Street Boss Tools package – a tool at hand for every application – including a litterpicker of choice, bio hazard bin, cleansing hoe, long handle dustpan & brush and plastic shovel.

The Street Boss system delivers real time value over current operating methods; used by councils in the UK and Europe the system providing a premium innovative solution for sustainable litter collection and reducing the time taken to clean zones.

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Street Boss features:

  • Lightweight steel frame strong and robust
  • Resilient, pierce resistant polyester mesh durable and easy to clean
  • Puncture proof solid tyres reliable and low maintenance
  • Ergonomic Y-dee fixed handle all day comfort and operation
  • Extra wide storage pocket for convenience
  • Robust side and front protection panels protects the bags from side winds
  • Integrated safety brake for gradients and uneven surfaces
  • 2 x Handi Hoop Plus segregate litter at source with optional shoulder strap
  • Optional range of tools and accessories to assist with all cleansing needs

Street Boss Testimonials:

“We were delighted when asked to be involved in the research and development of Street Boss. We truly believe this system will help to revolutionise Street Cleansing as we know it – increasing productivity throughout any cleaning service” Nottingham City Council

“The capacity to carry two bags to separate recycle and non-recyclable items when litter picking, so far we estimate to have separated and recycled approximately 3 tonnes of waste that would have previously gone to landfill” Oxford City Council

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