Delighted by the recent show of support for key workers, the Council and FCC Environment's joint campaign aims to bring the community even further together. Children are being encouraged to make more colourful pictures for their local bin and street cleansing crews. In return they will receive sunflower seeds that they can grow to bring a splash of colour and join in with the fun competition during the lockdown.

Call for children and community to ‘Spread Some Sunshine’

Whilst a number of people are isolated in their households, key workers across the UK are on the frontline continuing to deliver for the nation. Along with countless professionals in the emergency services, health, social care and other vital sectors, the list of essential workers also includes waste management.

Cleaning up the streets and neighbourhoods of West Devon are crews from FCC Environment, the UK's leading waste and resource management company. Over the last few weeks, the team has been overwhelmed by the volume of community kindness it has received as it found warm, handwritten notes and drawings left on their bins by residents and children.

Councillor Caroline Mott, Lead Member for the Environment said: "We are now looking to boost this special sense of community spirit even further with a 'Let's Spread Some Sunshine' campaign. Children can colour in the picture downloaded from www.westdevon.gov.uk.  Alternatively, children can create their own picture or collage and leave it on their recycling container on the next collection day. In turn, the bin crew will leave a packet of seeds for the children to grow as part of a community-wide competition to grow the tallest sunflower."

The winner with the tallest sunflower will be awarded with a prize by FCC Environment.

FCC Environment's Area Manager, Mike Stass commented: "We are delighted to kick off this contest for children and residents of West Devon. For the last month or so, our team has received an overwhelming number of warm messages and good wishes from the community. It is now our turn to share the support during this difficult time. We are grateful for this opportunity to engage with the community we work in further and we look forward to seeing the drawings and enjoying the sunflowers."

The judge's choice of winner is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.