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Local environment group hopes to continue its goal of “creating a better Redcar” in 2017

Volunteers of FRED at a cleanup session

A local community action group aims to celebrate the fourth anniversary since its launch by having another successful twelve months of “creating a better” Redcar.

Friends of Redcar (FRED), launched in 2013 by Carl Quartermain, provides support for environmental issues surrounding Redcar and Cleveland.

FRED aims to give practical and physical assistance to keep the town as clean as possible by holding litter pick up collections on the first Sunday of every month in order to improve Redcar’s visual appearance and cultural collectivity.

Through these volunteer sessions, FRED tries to create a positive impact on the seaside town which will lead to an increase in tourism, trade and community pride.

The group’s aim to “create a better Redcar” has gone even further in 2017 as they have partnered with Redcar and Cleveland Council to launch a new scheme called the Coatham Dunes Restoration Project.

This project focuses on conserving and protecting the Coatham dunes by planting 200 Christmas trees at the entrance of Majuba beach.

Carl Quartermain, founder of FRED and Councillor of Coatham Ward, said: “We want people to feel proud of where they live. By doing our part to look after the environment, we’re giving back to the town and community that we care so much about.”

“I feel that we have made a real impact in highlighting just how much attention is required for people to pay attention to our beach to keep it rubbish-free.”

TSide went along to one of FRED’s clean up sessions and interviewed Carl Quartermain about their activities and importance to Redcar.

The next FRED session takes place on May 7 at 11am from the Regent Cinema. For more information, visit their Facebook page

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