Ipswich residents taken part in a special green event to mark Clean for the Queen.
Sanctuary Housing teamed up with a range of partners, including Ipswich Borough Council and Greenways, to fund an activity day encouraging residents to take pride in their neighbourhood through recycling, tidying up and appreciating local wildlife.
Nearly 40 residents attended the event, which took place outside Sanctuary’s office on Downside Close, kicking off with a Clean for the Queen wildlife-themed litter pick walk with 12 large bags of rubbish being cleared from the area.
Another activity marking the national campaign to clear up Britain for the Queen’s official 90th birthday in June was a recycled crown making competition, with prizes on offer for the best crown made from recycled materials.
In addition, residents were able to get hands-on with Ipswich Wildlife Group using recycled wood to make wildlife homes for local birds, insects and hedgehogs, with Suffolk Wildlife Trust also on hand to organise bug hunts and wildlife crafts.
The event was the culmination of a six-month project aiming to improve recycling and waste reduction across Ipswich, with support from Sanctuary and further funding from the Local Government Association.
Sanctuary’s housing officer Sara Dodson said: “It was lovely to see local residents come together to make a positive contribution to the Downside Close area.
“We are committed to making our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live and assisting our residents to live more sustainable lifestyles, so we hope they all enjoyed the event.”
James Baker, manager of the Greenways Project, added: “It was a great day with lots of local people, particularly children, willingly giving their time to pick litter and improve their local environment. Many families also built bird boxes, hedgehog houses and insect homes to put up around Downside Close and the surrounding area – more than 50 ‘wildlife homes’ were built! It was lovely to see so many people enjoying a bright spring day in one of the town’s vital wildlife corridors.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.