Liverton Close garden after clearance

Council and volunteer teams tackle garden clearance for elderly and vulnerable tenants as part of campaign to clear up Britain

Gardens of vulnerable and elderly district council tenants in Liverton Close, on the Littleham estate in Exmouth have recently benefited from a major makeover operation co-ordinated by East Devon’s Estate Management team. The clearance was part of the Clean for the Queen campaign, a nationwide initiative to free Britain of litter in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.

The Exmouth tidy up involved teams from the council’s Community Development, Estate Management and StreetScene services, as well as volunteers from the Open Door Ice Project, Skinners Construction and Mark Vernon Ltd, who rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to a wide range of clearance tasks.

As part of Britain’s biggest ever clear up, the work teams spent an entire day cutting back hedges, mowing grass and clearing unwanted items from tenants’ gardens. The before and after transformation included repairing fences, cleaning kitchens and dismantling sheds.

Councillor Pauline Stott, Chairman of East Devon District Council’s housing review board, said:

I would like to thank volunteers and council staff, including the new handyman service for clearing a huge amount of rubbish from people's gardens in Liverton Close, including cutting hedges that people couldn't manage. The handyman service also went into action replacing some wooden fences. Liverton close is now a credit to everyone who took part and is certainly looking very smart.

Darren Hicks, a Housing Officer in the Estate Management team at East Devon District Council, who planned and ran the Clean for the Queen event in Liverton Close, said:

Liverton Close was chosen to benefit from this intensive clearance operation due to its high concentration of vulnerable tenants.  It has a mixture of general purpose and supported accommodation, with both tenants and leaseholders. The objective was to improve the environment in which they live. As a result, a number of our elderly tenants had their gardens cleared of rubbish and cut back to a manageable level.

It was a great team effort by everyone and all in a worthwhile cause. What better way to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday!