NeighbourhoodsCreating cleaner, greener spaces 3 things you can do today Re-route one journey. Pick a car journey you take regularly and try walking, cycling or taking public transport instead. Meet your neighbours. Discover something good going on near you and get involved. You'll share your skills, meet someone new and help create stronger a community. This is a good place to start. Plant something. Trees and plants are great for making our neighbourhoods more inviting, and they clean the air too. Silver birch trees are particularly good for reducing pollution levels. NASA did a study into great ways to clean the air and revealed English ivy, philodendrons, spider plants and golden pothos are great options for growing at home. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. HomeDo somethingTop tipsBlogIdeas bank Neighbourhoods Cleaning up Manchester Last year we trialled Neat Streets in London, to test whether playful design can tackle the copious amounts of litter found on London's second busiest street. In six months the campaign reduced littering by a whopping 26%, but will a similar approach work elsewhere? We're heading up to Manchester, where £7.5 million is spent on dealing with litter, fly-tipping and street cleansing each year, to find out. 81% of people in the north west say that seeing litter on the streets in their local area makes them feel angry and frustrated. Between May - October 2016, we'll be linking up with #TrashTalkMCR to bring together a unique collaboration of local businesses and some creative thinking to test whether these interventions can clean up Oxford Street in Manchester. What's going on #TrashTalkMCR will be testing a range of creative innovations to tackle littering. Keep an eye out around Oxford Street and Oxford Road for the famous Ballot Bin, the My Street is Your Street poster gallery and much more to come. What you can do Be a hero. If you see litter on the ground like a newspaper or plastic bottle, put it in a nearby bin. If someone sees you doing it, they may think twice too! With thanks to Our funders; McDonalds, INCPEN, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Costa, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Plastics Europe and the Packaging Federation. And support from Manchester City Council, environmental charity Groundwork, local residents and shopkeepers from the Oxford Road and Oxford Street area, and various sponsors. Booking for this event has now closed.