This year my Ride Across Britain is not only fundraising for The Outward Bound Trust, but along the way Dulux will be undertaking a number of community projects to improve the environment along the route of the bike ride. Over the next months I’ll occasionally highlight work from last year.
On Saturday 15th June, the Dulux riders cycled through Okehampton to present a plaque to commemorate the occasion and celebrated with local volunteers on their colourful transformation achievement. Sourced by Groundwork UK and developing on their existing community garden project, Growing Our Future, residents of Okehampton designed a Dartmoor scene mural on the wall of the building situated behind a new sculpture that reflects the community’s agricultural heritage.
70 litres have been dedicated to transforming the busiest road in and out of Okehampton – Exeter Road – into a vibrant, pleasant community space for local residents to have a much-needed resting area and reflect on the surrounding landscape. The mural features a range of vibrant greens and browns to make up the Dartmoor Scene, for residents and visitors to Okehampton to enjoy.
Exeter Road was chosen by the Let’s Colour Project noting the positive impact it would have on the daily lives of 3,000 people in the surrounding area. Dulux Decorator Centre in Exeter donated 70 litres required to complete the colourful transformation.
The team of over 100 Let’s Colour riders, made up of Dulux employees and customers, cycled 960 miles over nine days starting in John O’Groats on 8th June before completing their momentous cycle challenge at Land’s End on 16th June to raise up to £250,000 for The Outward Bound Trust charity.