At a planning weekend in January the Penistone leader team jointly decided the project. They made sure that there Scout Community Week project would include all sections of the group and the parents of their members, have at its heart the community and would be a showcase of the very best of Scouting.
They decided to clean up a half a mile stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail in Penistone South Yorkshire and ask local business to sponsor their efforts. The group also decided to have a plant and bird box sale at Penistone scout hut.
Several local businesses sponsored the group and provided materials including BIFFA who provided a large skip and waste recycling facilities and local business Lovewood Furniture that made flat pack bird boxes to sell. Lavender International a business directly adjacent to the Trans Pennine Trail provided financial support as did the Penistone Mayor Councillor Steve Webber and Penistone Town Council.
The day arrived and over 100 scouts and parents armed with litter pickers carried out the litter pick and ran activities at the scout hut, 120 bags of rubbish were collected as well various other items including shopping trolleys, chairs, cabling, tyres and various metal work.
Plant and Bird Box sales were brisk and lots of tea, coffee and cakes donated by parents were sold to customers purchasing items.
Scouts were sponsored to litter pick and when all the money is collected they hope to have raised between £1,200 & £1,500 pounds.
Local MP Angela Smith (Stocksbridge & Penistone) visited and was shown around by Thomas Yems a Penistone Young Leader and Young Spokesperson. Several other local dignitaries visited including Mayor Steve Webber and his Wife Lynette, local councillor Donna Green who helped out litter picking and the local press, Barnsley Chronicle and Penistone FM came down to interview scouts and take lots of pictures.
Group Scout Leader Steve Roach said “the effort and commitment shown by the Scouts, cubs and beavers has been amazing, and was matched by the support of the many parents who have turned up to support us. We are keen to make this an annual event and expand our efforts next year”
Scout Eli Thorpe said “I really enjoyed the day and I am glad that I got involved, our efforts have made the trail a much tidier and safer place for the public and the wildlife in the area”