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Capital Clean Up Grand Finale

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.

Great support for the Capital Clean Up in Wickham 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.

Just some of the rubbish that was discovered beneath the undergrowth.

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!).


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Capital Clean Ups

10th May 2012

This year our clean up campaign kicked off in the north of the borough along New Cross road on the green areas outside Sainsbury’s behind the large advertising hoardings. This is an area that was heavily littered and we collected 4 bags full of litter. Although this was only a small clean up event, once bottles, cans and carrier bags were removed, the place looked much better and more looked after. To use a line from another large supermarket, every little helps.

Litter free area at Sainsbury’s – Every little helps.

16th May 2012

Next we moved to the east of the borough to Carston Close in Lee Green and along and with a local councillor and some local residents, overgrown vegetation and flytipping were removed including mattresses, carpet, wood, a car bumper, bed base, TV’s, chest of draws and a fair amount of litter. In total 50 bags of litter and refuse were collected.

Good turn out for the clean up.

25th May

The campaign then arrived in the west of the borough at Brockley Way next to the footbridge over from Eddystone Road. Lewisham Council staff as well as staff from CitiBank cut back overgrown vegetation and removed 55 bags. Whilst the work was going on, many passers-by commented that we were doing a very good job. The place certainly looked a lot better when the job was finished.

55 sacks of vegetation were taken away from this site including lots of litter.

23rd June

Next clean up will be at Wickham Mews this coming Saturday in Brockley. All the action starts at 10am and will finish at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come along, roll up their sleeves and get stuck into a bit of hard work. Tools and refreshments will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


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Citibank Staff Muck in to Keep Lewisham Clean

What do risk management staff at a global bank and a dirty street in Lewisham have in common? Well, very recently the Council hosted a cleanup event in Deptford in which 10 members of staff from Citibank UK came along, grabbed sweeping brushes, bags and hoes and got stuck in to a bit of cleaning.

How Rolt Street looked before the cleanup

The 10 members of staff who normally work in ICT and who are responsible for security risk management, swapped their suits for high visibility vests and cleaned up litter and weeds in Rolt Street in Deptford.

The 10 members of staff spent two hours away from their desks and offices in Lewisham and bagged an impressive 35 sacks of litter and weeds to leave the street looking clean and tidy. Passersby even commented on how well and how hard they were working.

Citibank staff in action

Whilst this isn’t something that the Citibank UK staff do every day, those that did attend the event hoped that this would be a regular and ongoing event. They said that there were other members of staff that wanted to come along if more events were organised in the future which they can undertake as part of CitiBank’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

How Rolt Street looked after the cleanup

If you would like to get involved in a cleanup in the borough, why not email colin.sandiford@lewisham.gov.uk.