To date offenders have worked 980 hours clearing away dense, overgrown scrub from a pathway in Beccles cemetery. The area was becoming a haven for drug / alcohol dens and was consequently littered with drug paraphernalia and plagued by antisocial behaviour causing a nuisance to local residents and children walking to school.
Before and after pictures
By removing the scrub the problem of the drug / alcohol dens has ceased and by raising the tree canopy the improved visibility has made the pathway safer for users. The removal of the overgrown scrub has also exposed headstones which were previously difficult for relatives to locate. The offenders have benefited by learning new skills such as conservation and team work.
Victoria Line Footpath, Gorleston
Local residents raised concerns with the local authority that the footpath had become overgrown making it difficult and unsafe to use. On behalf of the local authority offenders worked for a total of 464 hours cutting back the vegetation that restricted the footpath entrance and had encroached the cycle path.
Pedestrians and cyclists who use this route have benefited from the work being undertaken as clearing the ground vegetation has improved access and vision along the pathway for both parties.
Offenders completed a litter pick on the beach and car park areas to help support and sustain the area as a tourist attractions, at the request of Dunwich Parish Council.
Kessingland Village Hall and Sports Area
Offenders have totally redecorated this hall and adjoining rooms and spruced up the playing fields.
All Saints Church at St Elmham
Offenders have been working here since 2006. Their work has included general gardening and conservation.
The church grounds were in desperate need of maintenance. Offenders carried out general gardening tasks in the grounds, as well as stripping and clearing brambles and ivy, topping overgrowth and removing litter. This project was high profile, since the church is in such a prominent position in the town and received positive feedback from the public.
Offenders support Waveney Norse work in local cemeteries. They have raked up autumn leaves, done some gardening and litter picks at the main Lowestoft cemetery. Offenders previously decorated the cemetery chapel. They will also be painting over graffiti at local car parks.
We are negotiating to help local authorities with coastal defence repairs and work which is currently limited to moving gravel and litter picking-but we are hoping to extend this with the winter season approaching. We have also started working on Southwold pier.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Offenders carry out conservation work with Suffolk Wildlife Trust at several of the local churchyards, encouraging a diversity of species, and help with general maintenance. During the winter they maintain hedges in preparation for the nesting season in spring.