An army of volunteers armed with chainsaws, shovels and paintbrushes were out in force over the weekend taking part in the annual spring clean days held as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival.
People gave up their free time to help make the town a cleaner, tidier place, tackling neglected areas in desperate need for a little TLC.
Behind Gyllyngvase Beach car park, members of the Falmouth Allotments and Garden Society’s community team worked with gardeners on the Cormac team to plant several Scotts and Monterey pine trees which will eventually replace the existing ones.
At The Dell car park, several Falmouth firefighters cleared an area of bamboo while at Kimberley Park year seven pupils from Falmouth School enjoyed the more sedate task of preparing the area around the War Memorial and planting rose bushes.
Staff members from Wilkinsons and the Royal Duchy Hotel worked with volunteers from the Falmouth and District Hotels’ Association to revamp two shelters along Cliff Road. With materials provided free of charge by the Market Street store, the group spent two days clearing the shelters of graffiti, stripping the wood and metal and painting them.
Elsewhere, the Falmouth Waterfront Crew carried out what could be their final clean up, tackling the area around Pendennis Point while workers from HSBC got to grasps with graffiti and sprucing up walls and look-outs on the seafront with the help of MP Sarah Newton.
There were also litter picks along the beaches, at Tregoniggie woods, from The Beacon to Greenbank and along the terraces above the town – all coordinated by local community groups or individuals.
Richard Wilcox, manager of Falmouth BID, who co-ordinated all the activity and the Falmouth Spring Festival said: “What a fantastic effort. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all volunteers, businesses and organisations who have given up their time to help make Falmouth a brighter place.
“It’s great to think that there is such a strong community ethos very much alive and well in the town. The Falmouth Spring Festival has really caught the imagination of the town who see at a great opportunity to celebrate all that’s vibrant and colourful about our destination.
“I’d also like to highlight Cory, Falmouth Town Council and Cormac for generously donating manpower and equipment to support the worthy cause.”