Redruth Brewery Leats Project set to dazzle national Tidy Britain competition


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A PROJECT to spruce up an untidy corner of Redruth has made the last five in a national competition.
The Redruth Brewery Leats Project is through to the Keep Britain Tidy awards' shortlist.
The project focussed on the restoration and clean-up of an area blighted by litter.
Volunteers including schoolchildren, community groups and business people rolled up their sleeves to improve the rundown spot.

Their aim was to restore a sense of pride in the area which is steeped in local history.
Cornwall councillor Graeme Hicks said: "It is amazing just what you can achieve by working together and I'm thrilled that we have got so far in this national competition.
"The recognition will spur us on further to carry on with the good work."
The project has been set up so that after the initial clean-up and restoration of the area, the local community, including school students, can take ownership of their environment and make a real difference to the long-term maintenance of the footpath and surrounds.
The group realised early on the crucial importance of telling people about the work that had taken place, and how people could continue to be involved.
It used social media to create interest in the project, particularly among young people.
The result was the creation of a facebook site and a dedicated website created free of charge by local company Hooper Graphics.
Both sites are interactive and can be used to leave messages, place information or pictures and find out more info.
The websites tell the story of how the Leats looked before the clean-up and what improvements have taken place.
It also enables people to get involved and contact each other about the work that continues to take place.
The Leats Project has received strong support from Community Assisted Projects, a training provider supporting volunteers from a range of backgrounds.
Mr Hicks added: "The volunteers that CAP works with will gain work experience by using this project as a way to find a useful role for themselves in the community.
"Not only will this provide an extremely useful source of capacity to continually keep the area clean but it will also provide an excellent way in which the volunteers can gain real life work experience."
The final decision on the winner of the Keep Britain Tidy Networks award 2011 is expected to be announced on March 15 in Bournemouth.
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