South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, has praised the ‘extraordinary work’ of local Scouts groups who volunteered over 3,000 hours to collect litter across the county for their ‘Mucky March’ clean-up project.
Mucky Marsh was set up by Leicestershire Scouts to encourage groups across the county to collect litter from their local communities and to help spread awareness of the environmental impact of litter and fly-tipping.
Alberto met with the Leicestershire Scouts County Commissioner and groups from Countesthorpe, Cosby, Lutterworth, Sapcote and Gilmorton on Saturday (24th April) to hear about their Mucky March project and to learn about their work in collecting aluminium cans for a new helipad at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Alberto said, “I was delighted to meet with some of the fantastic Scout groups in South Leicestershire who have been doing some extraordinary work throughout March to make a real difference to their communities in collecting such a huge amount of litter. The environmental impact of littering can often be devastating, especially in rural areas, hence why the Scouts’ work for Mucky March is so important in helping to clean-up our countryside and keep our communities tidy”.
Jack Barber, Leicestershire Scouts County Youth Commissioner, added, "We were grateful to Alberto for joining us to hear about our fantastic Mucky March project. Our young people are passionate about cleaning up their local area and protecting their environment and so loved the opportunity to have their say on these issues and hear more about the complexities behind waste management. It was great to have the support of Alberto and his office, as we aim to raise awareness of our project and the issues litter creates”.
Alberto concluded, "It’s really encouraging to meet so many people with a strong interest in our environment and to make a real difference to their local communities. I found meeting Scouts from across South Leicestershire incredibly interesting, and I will be raising their very understandable concerns about litter with the Environment Secretary and our local District Councils. I am immensely grateful for the hard work undertaken by Leicestershire Scouts throughout Mucky March and I look forward to personally congratulating all involved as soon as we’re able to do so”.
Alberto is pictured speaking to Scouts from across Leicestershire.