Members of the Community Payback team and volunteers of Dursley in Bloom.

Update: June/July 2017

The Community Payback teams have been working with our the Dursley in Bloom volunteers and our Grounds Staff over the last few weeks in the town centre.

The team have been replacing the old tired wooden barrel planters and digging out some of the old planters for re-planting in advance of the Dursley in Bloom judging in July.

The team are about to held the Townsend Residents y weeding and litter collecting on the Long Street Green and helping out a t the Secret Garden at the rear of the Chantry Centre.

In the remaining weeks leading up to the 20th July when the annual "in bloom" judges will be in the town, the team will be weeding and tidying areas along the judging route.

After this the team will return to helping out the grounds staff on a number of projects at the allotments and other green spaces within the town.

The Town Council have recently entered into a partnership deal with the Community Payback team to tackle maintenance and improvements works across the town one day a week.

When the courts give someone a sentence to be served in the community then as part of the their punishment they will often be required to carry out a period of unpaid work, which can total up to 300 hours. This work is organised and managed by the Community Payback team.

The Town Council have a list of projects and maintenance works at Kingshill cemetery, St Marks churchyard and across the town. The team have started at the War Memorial Recreation Ground where they cleared out the debris, soil from the base of the hedge, uncovering over a foot of pavement in some places over the last two weeks. So far they have filled two skips with waste material.

Paul Wainwright, the Gloucestershire Community Payback team manager said "Community Payback are delighted to be working in partnership with Dursley TC. We have a commitment to delivering unpaid work in the community where offenders can benefit from a variety of tasks that will ultimately teach them new skills and improve the appearance of the town".

Upcoming projects will include installing new gates to the "Rec" on Kingshill Road and Rednock Drive; cleaning and painting of bus shelters and benches across the town, maintenance works at the cemetery and assisting the Dursley In Bloom team prior to this year's judging in July.

More information on Community Payback can be found on the link below.