By Sam Dixon, Community Organiser
Groups of individuals from all over the Dalton Thrybergh ward have been litter picking and participating in other Green Spaces projects for a number of years. As all of these groups have the same aims it was suggested by Cllr Michael Bennett-Sylvester that they all come together, formalize and then the group can start applying for funding and ensuring sustainability for the future.
The East Herringthorpe Pickers: A project run by Michael and Natalie, a local resident who has been engaged with RotherFed for more than 3 years. No matter the weather, Natalie and Michael meet in East Herringthorpe every single Thursday and pick litter from the streets where its agreed need the most attention that particular week. The group has had coverage in various local publications including the Advertiser.
Creswick Road Cemetery Clean Up: This project is run by another East Herringthorpe resident. Nora goes to maintain the cemetery once a month and has personally taken on the responsibility of cleaning the military graves that are on the site.
Thrybergh/Dalton Litter Picking: Various volunteers meet across the remainder of the ward to clean up the litter. After conversations with Michael these volunteers agreed that it would make sense for everyone’s efforts to be coordinated so that all of the active volunteers are aware of where everyone is working and can liaise with RMBC Love Where You Live campaign.
Vale Road Network Rail Line: There is a stretch of unused rail line that backs onto the Warreners Drive community in Thrybergh, this space has been identified by the group and local residents as a space that could be utilized as a community green space with opportunity to encourage wildlife and would have a direct positive impact on the health and well-being of all visitors. The group is already in the process of working with Network Rail for community access.