Ernesettle gets a clean up

Ernesettle was given a clean up when Plymouth Community Homes staff and volunteers from Clean Our Patch came together to litter pick across the community.

 Board member Liz Nicholls had previously brought Clean Our Patch, an organisation which sees volunteers litter pick across Plymouth to the attention of PCH. And with help from our Communities Team and in particular Jill Palmer the group were awarded a £300 community grant for extra equipment.

Prepared with their new equipment, Clean Our Patch volunteers Shona and Shirley were joined by Leah Sanderson, Nicola Stockman, Caroline Stanbury and Dave Walley on a litter picking session across the Ernesettle area.

In line with this year’s Neighbourhood Plan to reduce the amount of litter in the area, it was agreed that this could be achieved by working with organisations such as Clean Our Patch at Plymouth City Council.

Housing Officer Dave Walley explained: “When arranging the litter pick we decided to focus on the Kenley Gardens and Biggin Hill streets in Ernesettle.

“The pick was done so that it was visible to children and parents at school finishing time and it was intended to get them to think about litter, with the hope that it will reduce the amount in the area.

“As schools have just returned we thought it was good to do it now with the intention of the litter being less of a problem for the rest of the year. It was great to hear parents explaining to children the importance of the environment as they walked past as well as hearing some children telling the same to their parents.”

There are plans to complete further picks in the coming months involving the residents of Ernesettle.

If you know of an area that needs some TLC, whether it be a PCH or your own private area then the volunteers at Clean Our Patch want to hear from you. They can be contacted via Facebook or at the following email address.