THE call has gone out for someone in Queensferry to take over the role as the town’s environmental champion.
This follows the decision by Joyce Faulkner to stand down from her volunteering activities after eight years as chairwoman of the GreenFerry group.
Joyce, who was also a co-founder of the environmental group, has decided to cut back on the time she spends on her volunteering duties but now hopes that someone will be willing to take over the role.
Over the years, Joyce, through GreenFerry, has organised environmental activities such as litter clean-ups, garden improvements and painting of the High Street railings.
The group has co-ordinated energy-saving projects such as a free home-insulation scheme, cut-price solar panels and the sale of jute bags. Members regularly organised “poop-scoop week” to encourage dog walkers to clear up after their dogs and also take part in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach watch.
The group won various awards such as the RBS national Carbon Army Award for their partnership work with the local sea cadet, and a Keep Scotland Beautiful Award for organising the BIG litter pick.
In 2006, they were also runners-up in the Calor Gas Environmental Awards for Scotland.
Joyce herself was nominated for The Edinburgh Award and, in June this year, she had the honour of taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of her volunteer work.
Joyce hopes someone is willing to step into her shoes soon as GreenFerry need volunteers to help with their community flower project.
Over 1000 winter pansies and primroses have been ordered, and these will arrive for planting within weeks.
She said: “If no-one steps forward, the group will be forced to cancel. It would be a shame if we didn’t have flowers in the High Street any more – I think people look forward to seeing them, and the town looks much brighter.”
Joyce leaves GreenFerry in a good financial state, saying: “We have sufficient funds to pay for the flowers for the coming year. We have also found a new sponsor, The Green Insurance Company, for our next news- letter, so money isn’t an issue. I can continue to help out with fundraising for specific projects but we need a new team to take over.”
Gordon Wood, chairman of Friends of Ferry Glen, said: “I first met Joyce back in 2002 when she took it upon herself to pick up rubbish along the cycle path through the Ferry Glen. Every community needs a Joyce. She has played a tremendous role in the community and it should be indebted to her.”
*Anyone who can help should contact Joyce on 331 4153 or 07931 901115, or email email@example.com