Plantation spring clean fuelled by enthusiasm and Easter Eggs

Plantation residents of all ages took park in a litter pick and clean-up of their area, filling three skips with rubbish. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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Spring (cleaning) was definitely in the air as the Plantation Community Association (PCA) in partnership with The Highland Council and Lochaber Housing Association organised a litter pick and clear-up of household waste across the whole area.

Residents of all ages were encouraged to take part and a good turnout was perhaps helped by the handing out of Easter Eggs to everyone who took part.

Initiated by Highland Council’s tenant participation officer Karin Mckay following discussions with some residents about estate issues, the project was driven forward both in the run-up and on the day by local activist Greta Makin.

Like many, Greta takes pride in her area and wants to see it tidy and looked after, and hopes that the PCA can help make the area a nicer environment for everyone to live in.

Greta, Bobby Watson and Janette McMillan from the PCA all took part in the widespread operation alongside volunteers in the community, Councillor Sarah Fanet, two members of Lochaber Housing Association and around 25 local children.

Three skips were provided by The Highland Council and Lochaber Housing which were rapidly filled by the enthusiastic collectors who were rewarded for their efforts with Easter eggs donated by Morrisons, Tesco and Lochaber Food Bank.

The new PCA committee, with the support of both Highland Council and Lochaber Housing  Association, have some good plans and future projects for the community to be involved in and all local people are invited to come along to the next meeting on Tuesday May 3 (6.30pm) at the Plantation Hall.

It is hoped that more people will get involved in making changes to services and improving the environment in the area. The group are also planning a fun day in the summer holidays with a memorial plaque to be revealed on that day in honour of the late Helen Mackenzie who was very much part of the PCA.

The message is ‘Let’s work together for a better community environment!’.