Let’s Celebrate Town Pride

Gillingham Town Council is very keen to get residents involved in keeping the town looking clean and tidy. Cllr Belinda Ridout has been busy encouraging organisations and individuals in the town to enter the South West in Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood 2018 competition. A competition judged on community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. A total of 10 gardens have been entered and judging will take place in July. We wish all the entries good luck.

In March, 20 local people volunteered to brave the cold and snow to litter pick a wide area of the town. Between the ‘snows’, pupils of Gillingham Primary School planted 24 no. Elm trees in the recreation ground at Hardings Park. The cold weather did not deter Gillingham Action for Nature Group volunteers (GANG) from clearing scrub on our open spaces at Shires Gate, Shreen Meadow and Withy Woods. A newly formed volunteer litter picking group will regularly help towards clearing the town and beyond of litter. Volunteers can be easily spotted wearing hi-viz jackets with a colourful logo emblazoned on the back - Gillingham – ‘Love Where You Live’. If you spot this logo it means that local people are busy working on a project that will benefit our town. A list of volunteering opportunities is currently being put together and will be launched shortly.


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