14 June 2012
Local resident Alex Peschlow entered the competition so that the Common could be renovated in the wake of last summer’s riots in the area.
A team of Veolia experts and local volunteers all turned up on Tuesday morning armed with litter pickers. A full litter pick of the Common took place along with clearing the leaves from the centre of the Common and a deep clean of the pathways using a special mechanical sweeping vehicle. Staff from Veolia’s landscaping team based in Regents Park were also on hand to hand out free potted sunflower plants to local residents.
Following the clean up, a celebration Jubilee party was held at the Big Green Bookshop on Brampton Park Road to celebrate the clean up and the Queen’s Jubilee. Residents were treated to a range of party food, music and face painting. Residents who attended were also given a commemorative Jubilee mug to remember the day by.
Pascal Hauret, Regional Municipal Services Director, London at Veolia Environmental Services, said: “The clean sweep has enabled Ducketts Common to be transformed into an area that looks welcoming to local residents. We are proud to have worked closely with the local community to really make a difference to this area of public space.”
Competition winner and local resident Alec Peschlow said: “The day was a great success. It was fantastic to see members of the community all coming along for the first time to a community event like this. The clean sweep and Jubilee party have really helped to bring to community together and bring about a sense of pride in their local area.”
The Clean Sweep for Britain competition, run in The People, invited communities from up and down the country to nominate an area of land that was in need of some TLC. Four regional winners from London, the Midlands, the North and the South were chosen by a panel of judges which included Veolia’s Chief Executive Jean-Dominique Mallet, Aggie Mackenzie of Channel 4’s ‘How Clean Is Your House?’ fame, TV garden expert David Domoney and the deputy editor of The People, Gary Jones. For more information visit www.veolia.co.uk/cleansweep.
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Notes to the editor
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