Artificial grass could be introduced as part of Barnstaple Town Councils bid to maintain roadside verges in the town. The idea was discussed at a Get Barum Blooming meeting last week and comes just weeks after the town council took over responsibility for roadside verge maintenance from Devon County Council. Town clerk Will Austin suggested artificial grass could be installed along the central reservation at Belle Meadow Road, between the bus station and the Army Reserve Centre. Mr Austin said the move could be a big money saver in the long run. The expectation is that it wont need maintenance, he said. The cost will more than pay for itself eventually, and if it comes off, and if people are accepting of it, then it could be an option in other areas. In October, the town council set out a five-year strategy for Barnstaple, with the maintenance of roadside verges one of its key aims. So far, more than 20 businesses have signed up to its Get Barum Blooming sponsorship campaign. And on Monday, the council will launch its ninth annual Tidy Up Our Town week. The week-long event encourages people to organise and take part in a series of co-ordinated litter picks and clean-ups around the town. Since the campaign was founded in 2008, an army of volunteers has helped shift around 45 tonnes of rubbish. The week will culminate with a community fun day in Rock Park on Saturday May 21, from 11.30am to 3.30pm. The fun day will feature a range of activities, including a family dog show, an inflatable assault course, scrap store workshops and face painting. For more information about Tidy Up Our Town or Get Barum Blooming, call the council on 01271 373311.