Community groups from all over Fenland are exploring ways of working more closely together to improve the environment.
They are particularly keen to engage in more joint action to tackle the persistent problems of littering and dog fouling.
The spirit of cooperation and mutual support was very evident when about 60 volunteers from 26 different groups gathered at the Boathouse in Wisbech. They included members of Street Pride, In Bloom and Friends groups from across the district.
Other organisations present included the probation service, the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre (CPERC).
The event, organised by Fenland District Council, was the first of its kind bringing all the various groups together in one place with councillors and council officers.
Welcoming them, Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “The work carried out by you all here tonight continues to make a huge difference. Since April 2012, you have given over 2,500 hours to improve the street scene and our green spaces.
“Thank you for all your enthusiasm and hard work and I hope that after this evening we will be in a strong position to work with one another in new ways over the next 12 months.”
Littering and dog fouling were the main issues highlighted at the meeting. Other key points raised during the workshops included the need to attract more volunteers and extra funding and a desire to do more work with young people and schools.
All the findings from the event are now being collated and action plans drawn up.
Two groups in Wisbech – Wisbech Street Pride and the Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery – have already been in contact with each other to see how they form closer links.
Close cooperation: volunteers at the meeting of community groups