The People's Project

President Ian Jess welcomes Mark Jardine
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Last Friday President Ian Jess introduced the inspirational leader of the People's Project, Mark Jardine. With the aid of a powerpoint presentation, Mark took his audience through a whirlwind summary of some of the highlights of the Project since its creation only a few years ago. On a national scale, it has had a significant role in securing the winning place in the large town category of the 2011 Keep Scotland Beautiful Competition. Truly a great achievement for our town.

There has been much involvement with local schools, from rubbish collection teams at the Peel Centre, site clearance to create a community vegetable garden and rebuilding drystane dykes, the latter work providing so much encouragement to two of the youngsters involved that they are now embarking on drystane dyking as a career.

Mark's dynamism was evident throughout his talk, his willingness to tackle anything being plain for all to see. The People's Project works with other local initiatives, including Civic Pride, the joint aim being to encourage us all to generate our own mini projects in a sustainable way, to enhance the beauty of our town and to create a friendly environment for us and our visitors.

Rotarian David Gibson thanked Mark for his fascinating talk, complimented him for his drive and enthusiasm and wished him and the People's Project every success in its future endeavours.