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Volunteers needed to tidy up Organ Hall in Borehamwood
Volunteers are needed to help tidy up a neglected estate.
Councillor Susan Maughan is seeking members of the public to don gardening gloves and help clean up Organ Hall Estate in Borehamwood.
She said: “The area has been seriously neglected. There’s rubbish everywhere, shoved under bushes and strewn across the paths.
“The pavements have weeds growing in them. The hedges are overgrown and choked with brambles, it’s a disgrace.”
The representative for Kenilworth ward has organised a four day clean up session, starting on September 11.
She is calling for people to give a few hours of their time to aid in the effort.
She said:”I’m seeking volunteers to join our movement for change.
“We need people to help us pick up rubbish, pull up weeds, rejuvenate planters and bring life back to the estate.”
People will be working in morning and afternoon slots, running from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.
The project has received offers of support from environmental regeneration charity Groundwork, and Hertsmere Borough Council, who has volunteered to take away the rubbish they collected.
Hertfordshire County Councillor Leon Reefe had agreed to allocate money to repairing the cracked pavements.
Cllr Maughan said: “The paths are terrible at the moment. They’re very cracked and uneven, which is dangerous particularly at night when the streetlights are out and it’s completely dark.”
The nurse for North London hospice hopes cleaning up the estate would give people a sense of ownership.
She said: “I’ve worked on similar projects on estates in Finchley. Once the estate was cleaned up, people were proud of it and worked hard to maintain it.”
The community centre will be open for the four days providing tea and coffee to volunteers and members of the public.
She added people were welcome to come along and help with teas or come for a chat, even if they were unable to work.
Cllr Maughan said: “I want this event to connect the community. I can’t wait to start.”
For more information and to sign up contact Cllr Maughan on email@example.com
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