COMMUNITIES in Greenstead are to get together today as part of Colchester Borough Homes’ Make a Difference Day.

Colchester Borough Homes staff, volunteers, residents, local organisations and community groups will join up by completing a series of activities to revitalise areas of Greenstead, with big clear-ups taking place at 10am and 1.30pm, starting in Penrice Close.

After listening to residents’ views on what improvements they wish to see in their neighbourhood, Colchester Borough Homes’ Make a Difference Day involves clearing paths, cutting back overgrown communal areas, gardening, weeding, and litter picking.

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The organisation’s property services and repair teams, as well as Colchester Council’s neighbourhood team, will be on-hand to remove any abandoned items found and support the event more widely.

Philip Sullivan, the Colchester Borough Homes chief executive, said the Make a Difference Day will tidy up Greenstead’s green spaces and strengthen the group’s bond with the community.

He said: “Building on the success of our previous events, the Penrice Close Make a Difference will maintain and improve common areas and green spaces and encourage residents to develop pride in their local neighbourhood.

“It’s an event that can really bring the community together.”