Tidy Up Our Town 2015
Tidy Up Our Town week, now in its 8th year, consisted of a week of ‘clean-up’ events that aimed to make Barnstaple a better place for local residents and visitors. 500 volunteers got involved and several tonnes of rubbish and recycling were cleared over the course of the week. Equipment and materials were provided by Barnstaple Town Council, the main organiser and funder for the initiative, which is also supported by North Devon District Council.
Town Clerk Will Austin said “I am delighted with this year’s Tidy Up Our Town week, which once again saw hundreds of volunteers out and about cleaning up Barnstaple. This year’s activities are particularly important as they help to highlight the need for community self-help at a time when Devon County Council has withdrawn most of its highways grounds maintenance services. The Town Council, in partnership with businesses, community groups and individual volunteers, is developing local solutions like our planted area sponsorship scheme, showing that we can respond positively to a difficult situation.”
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The Tidy Up Our Town events included:
17 Apr – South West Highways’ day of cleaning road signs in Barnstaple, one of which they replaced free of charge!
20 Apr – The Town Councillor ‘tidy up’ day at the bottom of Pilton Causeway, which cleared and tidied an area that was a significant eyesore last summer;
20 Apr – Fire Service cleared shopping trolleys from the river;
21 Apr – Barnstaple Allotment Association’s ‘clean up’ at Sunnybank Allotment site;
21 Apr – Rotary Link Club’s litter pick along the Tarka Trail;
22 Apr – Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club’s litter pick between their HQ and Castle Quay;
25 Apr – Community Day, the Town Council’s free community event with an environmental focus, that also celebrates the achievements of Tidy Up Our Town week. This year’s event saw an estimated 600 people enjoying craft stalls, inflatables, the ever-popular dog show, wild animal demonstrations by Exmoor Zoo, and a host of stands providing information from local community groups.
Why Tidy Up Our Town ?
The first Tidy Up Our Town was piloted in 2008 by the Town Council’s Environment Committee. Its aim; to improve the way the town looked and encourage community involvement by holding litter pick events to make Barnstaple a better place for local residents and tourists visiting the area. Each year since, the event has attracted over 500 volunteers from the community, working in groups to improve a particular area.
How is TUOT funded?
The event is funded by Barnstaple Town Council and organised by its Environment committee. The Town Council provides safety equipment (high visibility jackets and gloves) and materials (litter-pickers, and some shovels).
North Devon Council sponsor the event by providing clear plastic bags and the use of their facilities and vehicles to dispose of waste and recycling.
Do we recycle items collected?
The Environment Committee is keen to support and encourage recycling in the town. It provides clear plastic waste and recycling bags to facilitate the collection of recyclable materials and rubbish.
How can you get involved?
Contact Mrs Kate Graddock,
Deputy Town Clerk,
Barnstaple Town Council, Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS
Telephone: 01271 373311
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