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Spring Clean supreme

The Council’s Spring Clean initiative has proved as successful as ever this year with community spirit, group involvement and good old elbow grease all contributing to a better borough.

The drive to involve residents up and down the borough in two weekends of action took place over the course of two back-to-back weekends – 21 to 22 and 28 to 29 March. Local residents spared the time to make their neighbourhoods cleaner and tidier, with the Council providing the equipment and assistance to get as many people involved as possible.

From litter picking to painting, cleaning to pruning, literally thousands of individual residents were involved in the clean-up that saw 48 different Spring Clean events take place, leading to the removal of 18 tonnes of waste and the planting of over 2,000 bedding plants.

Groups ranging from scouts to mosques took part, including 17 schools and 31 Resident Associations. Whitehall Primary School in Chingford had children pick up litter, while Aubrey Road Residents Association went even further being supplied with heavy duty cutters, a tree saw and black paint for lampposts by the Council.

James Phillips from the Aubrey Road group said, “It went really well and we had a great turnout. The alleyway looks really great with all the new flowers and we've opened up some new kerbside beds as well.”

Juanita Azubuike from Ruby Road in Walthamstow said, “I think this practical opportunity to spring clean for some of the more vulnerable people on the street in this safe and supportive community atmosphere worked amazingly.”

Ralph Meanley from Cleveland Park Residents Association was keen to praise the Council Officers, “Please pass on our thanks to all your team. We could not have done it without all your help. There was a great sense of purpose and enjoyment there yesterday with a really good turnout.”

At the same time as the Spring Clean initiative was running, Waltham Forest Council’s Food Growing Festival, Cultivate, took place between 20 and 29 March. Now in its second year, the festival provided a wide-range of engaging and creative events from workshops packed with residents keen to grow their own food, to food tasting that showed what can be done with the great food grown right here in the borough.

One particular facet of the festival that proved particularly successful was the giveaway by the Council of free compost. In all over 122 tonnes of compost was collected by local residents over the two week period.

PHOTOS: Residents old and young took part in this year’s Spring Clean.

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