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Volunteers help clear up neglected Organ Hall estate in Borehamwood
Overgrown, weed choked and litter strewn paths were transformed into pleasant walkways during a community clear up.
Volunteers from across Borehamwood donned gardening gloves and wielded spades and shears to tidy up Organ Hall estate.
Organised by Councillor Susan Maughan, the team worked for three days to cut back hedges, clear litter, weed paths, replant flowerbeds and make the estate a more pleasant place to live.
The Brookmeadow representative, who was working hard to cut back a hedge obstructing a narrow alley, said the week had been “hard work but fun".
She said: “The area has been seriously neglected. There was rubbish everywhere, shoved under bushes and strewn across the paths.
“The hedges were overgrown and choked with brambles with big spikes sticking out of them. It was very dangerous.
"We’ve had ten people down each day this week.
"It’s been good fun with a real sense of team spirit and we’ve really made a difference.”
Lawrence Stark took part to support the community.
The Croxdale Road resident said: “Wednesday was particularly hard when we were collecting all the rubbish, now we’re just trimming back the green stuff.
“We found doors, old tyres, garden chairs, road signs, tree stumps, baskets, all dumped on the estate.”
Julie Smith, who lives in Organ Hall, joined in on her day off to help encourage others to look after the estate.
She said: “It's a really lovely area, the people are friendly, but it was allowed to get in an awful state. No one was taking responsibility for it.
“I didn’t let my children come down to this part of the estate because it was unsafe for them with all the dark and overgrown alleyways.
“It’s hard work but you can really see the difference. It looks really nice, I hope people will keep it that way.”
Resident Steve Hall, who had popped out to have a look at the work the volunteers were doing outside his house, said he was “surprised” at the transformation.
He added: “I couldn’t get through here to walk my dog yesterday, I had to go round.
“It’s a lot better now. I’d definitely like to join in if this happens again.”
There will be another clean up event at Organ Hall in mid-October.
For more information, contact Councillor Maughan on firstname.lastname@example.org
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