The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire led more than 100 volunteers around Chatsworth for their huge annual litter pick last week, as part of the nationwide Clean for The Queen campaign.

The 101 volunteers braved wintry weather conditions to cover a combined total of 35 miles, collecting a whopping 234 bags of litter. Among some of the more unusual items collected were a balti pan and an electric sandwich maker.

Holly Bishop, Trainee Land Agent at Chatsworth, said: ‘I am delighted that so many employees and tenants of Chatsworth participated in the Clean for The Queen initiative here on the Chatsworth Estate, ahead of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. 

We hold a litter pick annually but this year coincided it with Clean for The Queen which gave it a great sense of community spirit knowing that thousands of other volunteers across the country were cleaning up the areas too. Despite the bitter weather, spirits were high and the surrounding area has benefitted hugely from the great efforts carried out by all participants’.

Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday which will be officially celebrated in June 2016. The initiative is calling on individuals, volunteer groups, local councils, businesses and schools to participate in the campaign in their local area.

The litter pick at Chatsworth took place on 4 March and coincided with an enormous country-wide clean up over the weekend, which involved over 150,000 participants getting involved in Clean for The Queen related events across the UK.

Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. 
The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. 
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.
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