Volunteers step up weeding for Richmond’s Yorkshire in Bloom bid

Volunteers weed outside Calverts Carpets on Sunday.

Volunteers from Richmond Pride and the Original Richmond, Richmond Business and Tourism Association (RBTA) got together on Sunday for a two-hour ‘weed-out’.

In this short period of time they cleared King Street and Queens Road, up to the Library roundabout, of weeds, litter and cigarette ends.

The team of eight adults and two children carried out a thorough job as part of the RBTA’s attempt to win  Richmond a gold award in this year’s Yorkshire In Bloom.

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Chair of the RBTA, Marcia McLuckie, said: “I’d like to encourage all the businesses in the town to spend a few minutes – and that is all it takes – clearing their shop fronts of weeds and sweeping up litter and cigarette ends from outside their premises.

“This would be a tremendous help towards trying to win gold for Richmond and it also makes businesses more attractive to customers.”

Marcia said many people stopped to praise the work of the weeding team, with a coast-to-coast walker from Australia saying: “Great to see you all doing this.

“It’s seeing you caring so much about the town that makes people want to come here.”

Laura Morton, from Neaps and Tatties, weeds on Queen’s Road.

Marcia added: “We enjoyed making a difference and working together as a group.”

She also thanked Tony at Alessandro’s Sicilian, who refreshed the team with morning coffee.

The teams are out again this Sunday and also Monday, June 11, working for a couple of hours each day.

Volunteers should meet at the Town Hall at 10am and bring with them paint scrapers and/or hoes and protective gloves.

Sweeping brush and shovel are also useful.