Great response to litter clear-up campaign

The Eco Group at the East and Old Parish Church has risen to the challenge of tackling the town’s ‘litter hot spots’.

Last month we joined forces with Angus Councillor Lynne Devine to launch a campaign to clean up our streets of litter, and in the space of only a few weeks a team of dedicated volunteers has come forward to tackle the problem.

Angus Councillor Lynne Devine.

Angus Councillor Lynne Devine.

Last week the Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin met with councillor Devine and Andrea Logan of the Forfar Asda store - and the first date has been set to begin the clear up.

The Rev. Sweetin explained: “As an Eco-congregation, East and Old church need to be involved in community projects that help the environment and last year we were involved in planting daffodil bulbs.

“To help us achieve our second Eco-congregation award East and Old is taking the lead in a clean up campaign to clear Forfar of litter and keeping it clean.

“Our Green Team will be giving us updates in due course but to kick it off we are hoping many of you will join us on the first day on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. at the corner of Carseview Road and Market Street.”

Anyone wishing to help is invited along on the day. They are advised to wear some old clothes and those who have pruning scissors are asked take them along to clear the brambles the litter is stuck in.

The team of volunteers will work for one or two hours and will be include employees from Asda Forfar and members of the Forfar community.

Commenting on the response to the appeal, councillor Devine said: “The Eco Group at the East and Old will spearhead this and organise a programme of work.

“I have given them my map of ‘litter hot spots’ which are marked in red.

“They are starting at Carseview Road but there are other areas including places in Service Road and the area which was used for decanting in Lochside Road.

“It is hoped that, if more people come forward, then they can have two or three groups who can take on these hot spots.

“I am delighted the Eco Group at the East and Old has taken this on and we want as many people as possible to give up some of their time to make a difference.”

Anyone interested in helping with the litter picks is asked to contact the Rev. Barbara Sweetin at the East and Old Parish Church.

The success of this recent campaign mirrors the success of the community spirit shown in the Forfar in Flower project, which is again paying dividends.

Daffodil bulbs are beginning to appear along Queenswell Road after a marathon planting session last year.

Councillor Devine continued: “We have also been very fortunate with Forfar companies which have given a reasonable amount of money which is brilliant as we can buy more plants and planters.”