Big Falmouth spring clean for festival
2:20pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
An army of volunteers armed with bin bags and gardening tools took to the streets, beaches and gardens of Falmouth to give the town a make-over as part of its Spring Festival.
The annual Spring Clean Day has captured the imaginations of local organisations, individuals and businesses who want to make a difference to their town by giving up some of their free time.
This year around 100 volunteers took part over two days, targeting a dozen sites around the town, and collected more than 35 bin bags of litter as well as numerous electrical items and heavy goods.
The Falmouth Spring Festival is an initiative of the Falmouth Business Improvement District. Its manager, Richard Wilcox, said: “Our youngest volunteer was eight, our oldest over 80 – a fantastic effort.
“Over a dozen sites cleaned, litter picked, painted, power washed and sprayed as well as other areas where flower planting and landscaping has led to great improvements.
“It was always my intention to have a strong community element with the Falmouth Spring Festival and the Spring Clean Day certainly exemplifies that. Roll on Paint the Town Yellow Day and the rest of the week.”
Members of the Falmouth Bay Residents’ Association took on Boscawen Field, ridding it of unwanted litter, and a gang of volunteers took on cleaning the beaches while others targeted Pendennis Point and dog mess around the castle moat.
Staff from Hodgsons Chartered Accountants were given a few hours off work and spent the time planting bulbs around The Dell and volunteers from the Greenbank Hotel and Cormac Solutions spent a morning giving the rockery on The Beacon a facelift.
Town centre streets were also given a power-wash and chewing gum was removed while graffiti alongside the steps at Jacob’s Ladder was tackled.
The Falmouth Spring Festival officially begins tomorrow (March 14) when local school children and students from Falmouth University will “paint the town yellow” with the help of thousands of daffodils which will be used to dress shop windows.
For the full programme of festival events visit www.falmouth.co.uk