Local resident's crusade to tidy up area around Dukinfield library


A KIND-hearted community-minded resident took matters into her own hands to improve the green scene near her local library.

 Judith Isherwood rolled up her sleeves to reinvigorate the small plots of land with planting around Dukinfield Library after noticing it was looking shabby while walking past on her regular visits to the town’s precinct.

Once she learnt the Council wouldn’t be able to fund new planting, Judith decided to act and contacted her local councillor, Cllr John Taylor for help.

“I knew I had to do something so when someone told me to contact John I didn’t hesitate. He was brilliant and organised for me to get some flowers that were surplus to requirement from previous planting schemes in Tameside. He also told me to contact the Council’s partners, the Greenscape team who helped me with the planting. I couldn’t have done it without their support,” she explained.

Judith was not only instrumental in the planting she has also agreed to maintain the planting for the rest of the community to enjoy.

Cllr Taylor said: “Judith is a prime example of what can be done if the community help us to help them improve their area. It’s common knowledge that cuts to the Council’s budget means we just can’t do as much as we would like to keep the borough looking pretty.

“Saying that, we will always find a way to support people who want to improve their neighbourhood for the community’s benefit. I just hope others follow Judith’s lead and act to carry out similar improvements to the area where they live."

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