SB Connect Winter 2016

Bannerfield Garden Challenge

Volunteers get stuck into the Bannerfield Garden Challenge

Ten community groups and organisations took part in the Bannerfield Garden Challenge to help local residents spruce up their gardens.

The Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme’s main works contractor, RJ McLeod, co-ordinated the day, which saw 24 volunteers get their hands dirty and help tidy approximately 40 gardens in the Bannerfield estate.

A total of eight skips worth of rubbish was also collected and removed.

Organisations involved in the day included local housing associations, Selkirk Community Council, Blooming Selkirk, Bannerfield Allotments Society, Live Borders and the Council.

Councillor John Mitchell, Depute Leader of SBC (with responsibility for Finance) said: “Our contract with RJ McLeod included a Community Benefits clause and this event was an excellent example of how such clauses can benefit a community.

“These clauses also help to create work experience opportunities, apprenticeships and many more benefits for local people and communities and are now a key component of SBC’s contracts with suppliers.”