Community and Young People

Community and Young People

Folkestone Town Sprucer

2013 and annually from 2015 to 2019
£44,000 up to 2019

The Town Sprucer scheme was the brainchild of the late David Taylor who also established the Sunflower House Charity in Folkestone (

The project provides a volunteering opportunity for the long-term unemployed, helping transform their aspirations and supporting their search for employment. The project relies entirely on charitable donations and could not run without them.

The Sprucer team’s main activity is dedicated to maintaining and improving the environment of Folkestone and other communities within the District. Each weekday, the Town Sprucer leads a team of about a dozen volunteers who meet at Sunflower House in Folkestone for a briefing before being assigned to a work area for the day. Mostly, the team tackle specific projects, which might include restoring public footpaths and cycleways, renovating open spaces, public sign cleaning, graffiti removal and helping the elderly and disabled with gardening and odd jobs.

Since 2013, the Town Sprucer has received a series of donations from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust to support its work across Folkestone and the surrounding area. RDHCT funding helps to support the running costs of the scheme, including insurance.

More information about the Town Sprucer Project can be found at