What does Brighter Uckfield do?
Brighter Uckfield mission statement reads… ‘we strive to ensure that Uckfield has a good feel to it by providing environmental enhancements and prevention of litter building up on our streets and recreational areas’. There are many small pockets of land in and around Uckfield that don’t seem to belong to anyone and do not get any attention. These areas are targeted by Brighter Uckfield as are often places where litter and unwanted items are dumped. The area near Applegreen petrol station was one such area. Brighter Uckfield took it upon themselves to clear the land, planted it with bulbs, placed attractive chains around it and now it’s a pleasure to see.
In 2016, Uckfield was in the middle of lengthy roadworks. Meanwhile Brighter Uckfield were busy creating and maintaining lovely flower beds, including the two large beds by the traffic lights at the bottom of the town. Brighter Uckfield also manage other areas, such as the beds outside the library, and the hedge at Piper’s Field off the Lewes Road. Other regular jobs are sweeping up the leaves at this time of year.
Local organisations such as The Lions Club, The Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce have very kindly donated gardening tools.
Where do they meet?
Volunteers meet on Sunday mornings at 9am for a bit of ‘outside gym’ work in areas that need attention. The station on a Sunday morning is one such area, where paper cups and other rubbish are just discarded on the ground. The High Street also gets regular attention.
Unfortunately Brighter Uckfield volunteers have occasionally had negative comments from the public, asking why are aren’t the local Council doing this job. However these days, cut backs mean that the Council does not have funding for such purposes. Heart warming moments
One morning when one of the volunteers was litter picking and clearing up one of the areas in Uckfield, a local resident took time to stop and say a few words. He told the volunteer that Brighter Uckfield… ‘you’re doing a fantastic job and it makes me proud to live here’. The volunteer explained that he was helping a voluntary organisation called Brighter Uckfield. The following week the local resident came and found the same member of the team and gave him £5 towards the organisation.
Recently the Brighter Uckfield team targeted the corner of Mallard Drive. It was a mess; the shrubbery had become overgrown, so they went into it and started to clear. They were given voluntary help by C J Thorne & Co who prepared the ground and together with Addagrip, laid down a new surface. The nearby Highlands Inn donated a bench. A local chap gave his time to install it and a plaque was fitted. All in all this area was transformed by volunteers and local businesses and it’s made a terrific difference to the area.
To find out more about Brighter Uckfield and to see what they’re up to go to their web site or facebook or contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
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