They came, they saw, they cleared up!

Release Date: 08/03/2017

The Great British Spring Clean got off to a great start over the weekend thanks to the hard work of volunteers at Ham Common and Richmond Park.

It was a weekend of hard outdoor graft with little rest other than for some hot chocolate and cake for the volunteers of Ham and Petersham Association on Saturday and Sunday morning. More than 50 plucky volunteers rolled up their sleeves to clear litter from Richmond Park, Ham Common Pond and the surrounding area in a true Great British spirit.

The volunteers came together to show their green credentials and support for the Great British Spring Clean – which is a national campaign with one simple ambition. It brings together people from across the country to clear up litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline. The volunteers worked closely with Richmond Council to arrange the events across the borough.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“Richmond is the most beautiful place to live in the country – but even in our incredibly picturesque borough litter can be a problem. It’s an eyesore and takes away the hard work and investment all of us who care about this borough contribute on a regular basis.

“Richmond Park and Ham Common, like many people, are favourite places of mine to take a stroll and walk my dogs. I must say both areas are looking even better than usual thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Ham and Petersham Association. So thanks to all your hard work not just for this weekend work but for all the hard work you put in all year round.”

Sufiyo Andersson, member of the Ham and Petersham Association, added:

“We are passionate about the environment and the look and feel of our borough which is why the Ham and Petersham Association continues to go from strength-to-strength each year. The Council is just as passionate about how our parks and open spaces look and we are always looking for opportunities, or excuses, to give our borough a spruce up!”

For more information, visit the Great British Spring Clean.

Updated: 8 March 2017