Sharrow Experiment puts ‘learning by example’ to the test

Launch: 10am Sunday 14 April, junction of Wolstenholm Rd and Sharrow Lane

Contact: Jack Massey 07710 277976

 

Sponges, brushes and the determination to make a difference will be on show in Sharrow at 10 am on 14April. In a community bid to combat a blight on the local environment, the six-month Sharrow Experiment will support local businesses and test the power of ‘learning by example’.

Supported financially by the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group (NENG), the Sharrow Experimentsupports shops and businesses at the junction of Wolstenholm Rd and Sharrow Lane. The area is plagued by unsightly spray-painted ‘tags’ and doodles and the project will support and equip local businesses to fight back by cleaning up walls, blinds and street furniture and reacting quickly if and when new marks appear. 

 

The six-month project is the brain child of longstanding local, Jack Massey who has been visiting the eleven businesses offering support and encouraging them to work together to clean-up the area. After cleaning up and repainting where needed, the project is providing the paint, brushes and cleaning equipment that can be used to immediately remove fresh graffiti, hopefully discouraging future vandalism and perhaps offering a model for other areas. 

 

Jack explains: 

‘We’ve got some amazing street art around Sheffield. Work by people like Kid Acne and Phlegm are brilliant, but random ‘tags’ like these ones send a signal that the neighbourhood is not cared for. It encourages litter and vandalism, and undermines local shops’ hard work. We are all like monkeys who can learn by copying the world around us. A clean and cared-for environment is a great positive model for everyone. I really hope that this project can make a difference.’ 

Mrs Roxana Munshi of Sharrow Pharmacy is looking forward to the clean up and says ‘I think it's a brilliant idea. I hope it succeeds.’

 

Notes to Editors: 

· Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group (NENG) was set up in 1973. Volunteers coordinate events like Nether Edge Farmers' Market and the annual Nether Edge Festival and organise active groups including the Nether Edge History Group and Friends of Brincliffe Edge Woods. www.netheredge.org.uk