Barnstaple gets ready for BIG tidy up

Barnstaple mayor Lesley Brown and deputy Val Elkins roll up their sleeves and get ready for a week of town tidying. Barnstaple mayor Lesley Brown and deputy Val Elkins roll up their sleeves and get ready for a week of town tidying.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
2:06 PM

Roll up your sleeves and find out how you can get involved with annual town tidy.

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Barnstaple mayor Lesley Brown and deputy Val Elkins roll up their sleeves and get ready for a week of town tidying.Barnstaple mayor Lesley Brown and deputy Val Elkins roll up their sleeves and get ready for a week of town tidying.

BARNSTAPLE volunteers are gearing up to give the town a week-long spring clean during the annual Tidy Up Our Town campaign, which starts on Monday.

The event, organised by Barnstaple Town Council, has been running since 2008 and will see a series of clean-ups all around the town.

Last year Tidy Up Our Town saw 500 volunteers collect 1.5 tonnes of rubbish and recyclables off the streets through 24 programmed events.

This year, Barnstaple town mayor Lesley Brown said the effort would be even bigger in an attempt to have the best year yet.

“We’ve worked really closely with local primary and secondary schools in the past as well as volunteers from all over the community,” said Cllr Brown.

“We’re hoping this year will be an even bigger success and we’re urging the whole of Barnstaple to take pride in the town and get involved.

“Together we can make a real difference.”

There will be organised events each day from Monday to Sunday, with volunteers urged to get involved.

Events include litter picks in local schools, the Tarka Trail, allotments, riverbanks and popular streets.

Play equipment in Rock Park and the Gorwell underpass will also be repainted as part of the spruce up.

Organisations getting involved include schools, St John Ambulance and Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club.

To bring the week to a close, a community day and family dog show will be held in Pilton Park from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, May 3.

From prizes for top pooches to announcing the winners of a children’s art contest, the free day promises to be fun for all the family with face painting, flower planting and more.

To find out what’s happening and to get involved, pick up full programme of clean-up events from Barnstaple Town Council and the Gazette offices, or visit the Barnstaple Town Council website.

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