The battle is underway for St Helena’s cleanest district
St Helena’s districts are battling it out to see who can be named the island’s tidiest in the grand District Clean-up Competition, sponsored by Enterprise St Helena.
Launched in May to help spruce up St Helena and unite members of the community in a common cause, the contest is being judged in three stages. The last of which will take place on 29 October, with winners announced on 16 November. A £3,000 bundle of prize money is up for grabs for the winning district, with second and third earning £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.
Guidelines were given to each of the seven districts and they also received a small budget to assist with cleaning and beautifying projects over the competition period. Activities have included clearing overgrown brush and weeds, painting, picking up litter and planting flowers.
The first round of judging took place on 30 July and the second on 3 September. The judging panel is made up of one judge from each district (the judges are not able to judge their own area) and the Governor.
The runners and riders are:
Blue Hill lies to the west of the island and is the largest district, however populated by the smallest number of residents with just 158 people. The district has chosen Blue Hill community centre and its surrounding areas, and the road leading into the camping area of Thompson’s Wood as the focus for the competition.
If successful, Blue Hill would like to put the prize money back into the community, and maintain the areas they have chosen to beautify.
Half Tree Hollow and Ladder Hill
Half Tree Hollow is the largest household district on St Helena with approximately 984 residents. The district itself is one of the smallest on the island, but is determined to unite the large number of residents to win the competition.
The district has elected to focus on the Ladder Hill historic guns, the community centre, the playground and along the main road.
Jamestown, Briars, Seaview and Ruperts
Jamestown is the capital of St Helena, and home to approximately 629 people. For the purposes of the competition Jamestown has united with the Briars, Seaview and Ruperts.
The combined areas have chosen to clear the Jamestown Duke of Edinburgh playground, the Moat and the Briars. The Jamestown Moat covers a large area at the Jamestown Wharf, in which a very large percentage of visitors walk past when they arrive on St Helena.
Another large district, however small in population, is Levelwood. Located to the east of the island and home to approximately 369 people, Levelwood has entered the competition with the goal of improving their playground.
Their chosen areas of clearing are the playground, clinic and Silver Hill, home to the district bar.
Longwood and Alarm Forest
One of the most famous districts is Longwood, home to Napoleon Bonaparte when he was exiled on the island in 1815. Combined with Alarm Forest, these districts are home to approximately 1,173 residents.
The community has elected to focus on Gordon’s Post, Alarm Forest bus shelter, Hutt’s Gate, and Longwood Gate, Avenue and Green; covering a large portion of the main roads that lead into the districts.
Sandy Bay lies at the South of St Helena and is home to approximately 193 people with volunteers ranging from 6 – 70 years old.
The district has decided to focus on Sandy Bay Beach, areas near the community centre, Green Hill picnic area and Rockrose.
St Paul’s is the second largest residential district with approximately 843 people. The community has chosen to concentrate on its public areas: Rosemary Plain, Cleughs Plain, New Ground Point, Red Hill and White Gate.
The community has been promoting their efforts through Facebook and Twitter and has had a great response from Saints abroad.