Clearing Budshead Barn

Ernesettle residents successfully applied for a Mayflower 400 Community Sparks bid and were awarded £5,000. The award will enable residents to put on an open-air community performance at Budshead Manor ruins in September 2020.

Before September, the barn area needed to be cleared and permission was sought and granted by Plymouth City Council to go ahead with the tidy up. The group of volunteers only had until the end of March to complete the task before the bird nesting season started.

Timebank members heard about the residents wanting to tidy the area and were keen to help. On a Friday afternoon in January timebankers went to the site and worked alongside residents cutting brambles and moving them to one side so the council could mulch it for the community to use.

Timebanker John said that he really enjoyed being outside doing the tidying as it brought back memories of when he used to do this as a job when he was younger. He said next time it would be great if there were some hand held litter pickers so he could tidy around the area, as it is more difficult for him as he needs to use a walking aid for stability and it would enable him to feel more useful.

Timebanker Sarah said “it’s great to get out in the fresh air and to see some things happening now for our Mayflower celebrations”.

All in all, it was an enjoyable day out with everyone getting active in the fresh air to help the community.