Over the past few weeks Lewisham Council and local residents have been getting together cleaning up London through a variety of clean up activities in readiness for the Olympics next month. The finale event for Capital Clean Up 2012 was held in Wickham Mews, Brockley. This lovely mews has been blighted by fly tipping and around 40 people including residents from the Mews and people from Brockley, Eltham, Clapham, Norwood, Croydon and as far afield as Northampton came together on a warm and sunny day to clean up the Mews.
We thought the majority of the work would be trimming back vegetation to open up the mews to give it a tidier, safer feel. On cutting back the vegetation the real state of affairs was revealed! People pulled out mattresses of varying states (none of which you would want to spend a night on!!), chairs, TV’s and numerous car parts from a car that had been buried by the greenery! The pile of what was being pulled out was growing by the minute and after a good couple of hours a substantial amount of rubbish had been collected as well as a pile of green waste which was sent off for composting.
A great time was had by all and at the end of a hard days work, people gathered to have some light refreshments courtesy of Proctor & Gamble who sponsored this event. To prevent further fly tipping they have also funded a gate, which will be installed over the coming weeks.
Before people left a goodie bag was given out as well as a ‘Lewisham Time Credit’. This is a new scheme in Lewisham whereby people who volunteer their time can receive a ‘time credit’ to be exchanged for an activity e.g. a session at the Beauty School (Lewisham College) or a couple of games of ten bin bowling amongst other things.
Thank you to all who took part – an impressive amount of rubbish was cleared, which will be removed by Lewisham’s crews (thank you to all of them too – I’m sure they weren’t expecting that much stuff!).