Planting seeds of harmony in fight against vandals

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A community project to tidy up a village’s Memorial Garden has been declared a success.

Police in Sherburn-in-Elmet last month teamed up with young people to revitalise the Finkle Hill site.

The local Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with Sherburn Youth Council for a day of action to tidy up the Memorial Garden, removing litter and planting new shrubs and plants.

Six weeks on, police have to date received no further calls about anti-social behaviour in the area, and the garden remains in good condition with no signs of vandalism.

PCSO Tim McGreevy, of Selby Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The Memorial Garden needed some attention, as it had been identified as a ‘hot spot’ for anti-social behaviour, with litter and damage being a regular occurrence.

“The aim of the day was to highlight the good work done by the Youth Council, and to point out that the majority of the young people in the village are respectful and willing to help their community. It was a fantastic day – and definitely achieved the desired result.”

The tidy-up day was organised by the new Sherburn Neighbourhood Management Group, which involves North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council’s Prevention Service, Sherburn High School, Selby District Council and Sherburn Parish Council.

Millford Plants provided tools and plants, and Tesco Sherburn donated drinks.