Several run down sites across Falmouth will be given a make-over by around 100 volunteers this weekend as residents, students and businesses embrace Spring Clean Day.
Organised as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival, the event has become so popular that the clean-ups have been spread over two days this year.
One business which has pledged its support is Hodgsons Chartered Accountants where boss James Hodgson has offered the services of most of his staff for half a day’s work. The team will be planting bulbs donated by local garden centres around The Dell area on Friday.
Swapping time in the office for time outdoors, staff were keen to get involved. “I sounded them out to see if they were interested, it was entirely up to them, and they were all keen and I am more than happy to let them have the afternoon off from the office to do it,” said Mr Hodgson.
PCSO Sean McDonnell and the Waterfront Crew will be clearing litter around Pendennis Point and accommodation sector volunteers will be picking up litter and clearing up dog mess from around Pendennis Castle’s moat.
Cornwall Council parks and gardens’ team will be undertaking some scrub clearance/cutting back along the footpath between Gyllyngvase and Swanpool, Falmouth Bay Residents Association will be removing litter from Boscawen Field and members of the Falmouth and District Hotels’ Association will be cleaning Swanpool and Castle Beaches.
Elsewhere, Cornwall Council staff volunteers will be helping clean graffiti from Jacob’s Ladder and other town centre areas and Greenbank Hotel staff are giving up time on Friday to revamp an old rockery/remembrance area on The Beacon.
A group of students from the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union community action team will also be joining in on Saturday.
The Falmouth Spring Festival is organised by the Falmouth Business Improvement District. Its manager, Richard Wilcox said: “I am delighted at the level of interest and support shown in the spring clean day. It was always my intention that Falmouth Spring Festival would have a very strong community ethos.
“A thriving, vibrant town can only exist when people and businesses pull together for the extra mile and for a common good.”
The festival officially runs from March 14 to 24, for a full list of activities visit falmouth.co.uk or pick up a festival guide.