People in are being urged to roll up their sleeves and do their bit for a better, brighter Barnstaple. The towns ninth annual Tidy Up Our Town week takes place from May 16-21 and organiser Barnstaple Town Council is hoping more people than ever will get involved this year. Since the campaign was founded in 2008, an army of volunteers has helped shift around 45 tonnes of rubbish. An estimated 1,600 bags of rubbish have been filled and a further 1,200 bags of recycling collected. Mayor Val Elkins said: This is a chance for people to show they care about our town. Whether you can tidy the area outside your front door, mow your lawn or organise a community litter pick, it all helps. This week, the town council took over management of the towns roadside verges from Devon County Council. Chairman of the towns environment committee Arthur Windsor said: We are calling for a bigger effort than ever this year as we have a lost a number of services normally paid for by the county council. We have to do it for ourselves if we dont do it no one will. Tidy Up Our Town week will also feature a community fun day in Rock Park on Saturday, May 21. It will celebrate the culmination of a year-round effort to tidy up Barnstaple, which includes a successful roadside sponsorship scheme. To date, 24 local businesses have signed up to the scheme which gives firms the opportunity to help maintain planted areas such as grass verges and roundabouts. Town clerk Will Austin said: Overall, we are making good progress in our aim of making Barnstaple look respectable again. The challenge now is to encourage the community to get involved and to resurrect groups like Barnstaple in Bloom, and we already have a couple of people interested in doing just that. But there are so many ways people can get involved just call us at the town council on 01271 373311 wed love to hear from you.