Litter ‘hot spot’ tackled by volunteers

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An eye-sore site in Forfar which was strewn with litter was given a spring clean on Saturday.

Members of the East and Old Parish Church’s Eco Group were joined by staff and volunteers from Asda and members of the local community who rose to the challenge to begin tidying up the town’s ‘litter hot spots’.

Speaking as a team of over 20 tackled the problem, the Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin explained the group responded to an appeal in the “Forfar Dispatch”.

She said: “We saw an appeal from Councillor Lynne Devine about litter in the area. As an Eco congregation, part of our duty is to help the community. We got involved with the litter pick-up as it will help us towards achieving our second Eco congregation award, as well as inspiring other people to come out and help.

“I can’t believe how many people came out to support us. We have the Boys’ Brigade and Asda, youth community involvement and loads of members of my church. It has just been fabulous.”

The Rev. Sweetin explained the litter picks will now be done monthly in areas identified by members of the community.

She continued: “We know there is an area in Craig O’Loch Road which is particularly bad so we are going to tackle that one next. After that we hope to do a piece of road heading up to Kingsmuir as there has been a lot of tipping there.”

Andrea Logan, community champion with Asda, was also on hand with staff and volunteers.

She said: “As part of community life we have ‘greener life’ and we usually commit to one litter pick a year. When this opportunity came up we thought it would be an ideal chance to get involved on a more regular basis to help clean up the town a bit.

“The first year we did this we worked with Strathmore Primary School and the Glens United Action Group.”

Whilst the team of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to clear the area of litter as well as prune back overgrown shrubs, a team from Community Payback were hard at work clearing out flower beds at the front of the county buildings.

Also on hand to help out on the day was Angus Councillor Lynne Devine, who first made an appeal through the columns of the “Dispatch” for volunteers to come forward to help tidy up the town.

She said: “I am so pleased with the turn out. The Community Payback team has done a lot of heavy work for us and the flower beds will be planted up with wild flowers. The Eco Group from the church is co-ordinating the litter picks and I am so pleased they have taken over responsibility. It’s terrific. Asda are also keen to be involved. In two hours there were about 25 people. It was brilliant what was done in two hours. It was a good start.”

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