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Young Banksys redecorate Aberford Park in Borehamwood
Paint flew as children armed themselves with spray cans to begin a makeover of their park.
Young people of all ages are working all week at Aberford Park in Borehamwood to give the basketball court and skate park a new lease of life.
Organised by Police Community Support Officer Sam O’Grady, 23, the project has already attracted ten young people.
She said: “I came up with the project to give local kids something to do over the summer.
“Hopefully working on decorating the park will give them a sense of ownership so they look after it.
“I spend a lot of time patrolling the park and it really was in need of a makeover.”
The Pcso added it had been a “challenge” organising the scheme, but many people had helped with support and funding.
She added: “I’d like to thank Hertfordshire County Councillor Leon Reefe, the three Brookmeadow councillors, Affinity Sutton, Friends of Four Parks Association and Hertsmere Borough Council for their help.”
Borehamwood children were joined by youngsters working on gaining a City and Guilds qualification with Hertfordshire's Youth Connexions Service.
The finished design in the basketball court will feature Elstree Studios, films and television series associated with the town such as Eastenders, and the soon-to-be-finished 96 Shenley Road, clustered around lettering saying Borehamwood and Elstree.
The other wall will feature the words “Make a Difference” with comments from young people saying how they will work to improve their community.
Freelance graffiti artist Tizer is organising the children and making sure they stick to the design.
He said: “It’s been great to get involved. The kids are doing really well and putting the paint where it should go.
“Graffiti is the only art form invented by children and it’s also the fastest growing.”
Vivian Ogunniyi, 15, was among the young people taking part in the project, which is contributing to her City and Guilds qualification.
She said: “It’s a really great design.
“I love the colours and working as a team has been great.”
Lily Haley, eight, said the project had been “really good fun."
She added: “I’ve never done spray painting before. I’m here every day this week.
“I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.”
The design will be unveiled at a grand opening on Friday.
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