Gorwell and Frankmarsh Clear Up Day

Today we held a clear up day at Frankmarsh and Gorwell estates in Barnstaple. The team of volunteers, which included staff from North Devon Homes, local councillors and people living in the local community helped with litter picking, hedge and weed trimming, collecting unwanted household goods and a general tidy up of the estates. A skip was provided for local residents to dispose of their unwanted items.

The event also included a recycling area for people to dispose of unwanted goods or to browse to see if there was anything that they may like or need to take away.

The event was a great success with all parties working together to improve the appearance of the local area; the team of volunteers amassed lots of bags of rubbish and collected numerous unwanted items which filled the skip provided during the 4 hour event. In addition, two huge trailers were filled with waste metal and lots of bags of green waste were filled with weeds and hedge trimmings.

Thank you to everyone who helped at the event it was great to see so many people there. Thank you to East and West Bakery who gave a generous discount on the pasties and sausage rolls that all the helpers enjoyed at lunch time and Co-Op at Frankmarsh who donated the milk, coffee, sugar, tea, and squash. Thank you also to Andrew Parkhouse for collecting unwanted and waste items in his tractor, to PCSO Anthony Charles for putting out the ‘Police Slow’ signs near to the collection area, Cathy Karniewicz from North Devon Council Recycle More who ran activities based around the topic of recycling for local children, and Barnstaple Town Council who sent two operatives, Clive and Mark, to help for the day.

North Devon Homes Director of Neighbourhoods, Marc Rostock, said “North Devon Homes is committed to creating communities where people want to live. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a success, it was great to see so many people support the event. Today is a great example of what can be achieved when everyone works together to make a positive change in their community”.