Grot-spot volunteers tidy up their village
GROT-SPOTS in Fishtoft have been given the tidy treatment thanks to a group of volunteers.
Local villagers kept busy sprucing up the area around the centre of Fishtoft while volunteers, including several Boston College students took part in litter picking activities on the banks of The Haven.
Boston Borough Council Councillor Helen Staples raised the littering issue at the latest Fishtoft Parish Council meeting where it was decided that they would form a Keep Fishtoft Tidy group.
As a ward councillor she was inundated with complaints about littering and fly tipping in the village.
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The council's environment and sustainability officer, Jen Moore, was contacted by Boston College to see how students could do voluntary work in the community.
Litter picking on Haven Bank was suggested and 44 students turned out and collected plenty of rubbish in just a few hours.
The students were thanked and praised by Jen who was overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and hard work.
She said: "It's all the more impressive because they were not pressed into this, they all volunteered and they collected a massive pile of rubbish."
The first group met up at Saxon Gardens and visited several grot-spots in the village, collecting seven bin bags full of litter in just a couple of hours and also picking up another volunteer on their travels.
Future ideas for the group are to try to encourage children to join in and also to get more local residents to join in the activities.
Aluminum cans that are collected are to be weighed with any money raised from them donated to Pancreatic Cancer, in memory of a local resident and garage owner, Brian Fairweather who died from the disease 18 months ago, and St Guthlac's Church, Fishtoft.
Anyone who is interested in joining the Keep Fishtoft Tidy team can contact Cllr Helen Staples on 01205 366417 or email email@example.com for more information.