Today around a dozen community volunteers turned up at the Breightmet UCAN centre on New Lane to do a litter pick of the local area, this is something that happens on a regular basis and really has an impact on the how the Estate looks, as always it is such a pleasure to work with such dedicated community members who give their time free of charge to look after the place that they live in and take some pride in it. We split up into small teams and covered different areas of the estate, after an hour we had managed to fill ten bin bags full of litter and rubbish from the pavements and curb sides of Breightmet’s housing estate.
A reward for the litter pickers
After picking litter in the hot sun we were all treated to a curry with chapati, Riata, home made Tomato chutney and nan bread on the Red Lane Community allotment site that is situated a minute or so’s walk away from the UCAN centre, the curry was made by Bolton Urban Growers co-founder Jean Urmston and went down very well with the litter pickers, to the point where the large pot was emptied within the first five minutes of us arriving. After we had finished the lovely veg curry that Jean had made, I prepared and gave out pots of various salad leaves for community members to grow indoors on the window sills which is part of our idea to develop window sill micro farms that are capable of providing people with some food twelve months of the year. I ended up giving away around thirty pots, and also distributed some seeds to plot holders on the site and local residents who we are helping to grow their own food. A wonderful afternoon spent working with the lovely folk of Breightmet, hats off to you all!