The group, numbering up to 21 people, has spent over 300 hours of its own time in total completing tasks such as weeding, and cutting back and planting shrubs across the town.

For example, they have helped to keep the larger borders near the war memorial weed-free throughout the summer and beyond.

The volunteers – led by Sally Chesters – have been fantastic in completing jobs which the council’s grounds maintenance team may not have got around to as quickly.

She said: “It’s been a pleasure to help out the grounds maintenance team over the past 15 weeks and we hope to continue for as long as we can before the weather deteriorates.

“We have found all the work incredibly satisfying and the group has now developed into a weekly social club.”

Folkestone & Hythe District Council staff supply equipment and support when needed, building up a great friendship with the group in the process.

Cllr John Collier, F&HDC Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance, added: “We really appreciate their efforts – they have all made a difference in making sure the town is kept looking at its very best.”

The volunteers represent Hythe Civic Society, Hythe in Bloom, The Green Preservation Society and the Hythe Environmental Community Group.

By Ed

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