Campaign to make Barnstaple a better place

BARNSTAPLE is this week taking its first steps on the road to being officially recognised as the greenest town in Devon. The town s second annual Tidy Up Our Town campaign was officially launched at the Guildhall on Monday morning as Barnstaple Town C

BARNSTAPLE is this week taking its first steps on the road to being officially recognised as the "greenest" town in Devon.The town's second annual "Tidy Up Our Town" campaign was officially launched at the Guildhall on Monday morning as Barnstaple Town Council revealed ambitious long-term plans to lead the way when it comes to eco-friendly initiatives.Councillors, businesses, schoolchildren, police and residents are rolling up their sleeves every day this week to help make Barnstaple a better, brighter place.The campaign, organised by the council's Environment Committee, has already targeted areas including Gorwell, Yeo Valley Community Woodlands, Higher Raleigh Allotments, and Newport. Today, groups will be out in force at Barnstaple Baptist Church, Old Station Road, Ashleigh Primary School, Pathfield School and Lower Sticklepath Hill. Tomorrow, volunteers will be litter-picking on the Pottington Industrial Estate and Yeo Valley Primary School, while on Friday, it's the turn of Orchard Vale Primary School. On Saturday, there's an all-day programme of tidy-ups taking place all over the town.Environment Committee chairman Cllr Rod Hawes said the council was pledging to inspire the rest of Devon by developing a number of green initiatives."We will be aiming to form a 'Barnstaple Green Team' to help the town to become the greenest in Devon," he told the Gazette."We care for our community and want to keep the town as green and as clean as we can for everyone to enjoy."As the chairman of the large councils of Devon on the Devon Association of Parish Councils, I hope to be able to convince all 27 of Devon's larger councils to develop similar initiatives."The hope is that by working together, we can come up with great ideas that we can all share and benefit from."For more information of events taking place this week, pick up a programme from the town council offices on The Square or at the North Devon Gazette Offices on Old Station Road.


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