First Time In- Litter Out

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    First time in- Litter out!

    Rain was expected… Then the forecast changed, ‘50% chance of rain’. Enough for our BRaVE* volunteers to show up to help the Edgware Brook.

    The Edgware brook is a lovely stream that has a massive potential. This incredible river can be (and will be) an addition to the beloved Chandos Park and become an area for the community to celebrate and enjoy nature even more. The brook is currently fenced and behind the fence (apart from the very natural aspects) there is a lot of litter.

    On the 15th May 2021 the community went in, to start to explore and clear some of this litter. Thames21 with dedicated local volunteers cleaned-up parts of the river and riparian area at Chandos Park.

    We counted with the important participation of the Chandos Park Community Group, Mayor Nitin Parekh and Cllr Angella Murphy-Strachan.

    The event started at 10.30am, ‘everyone in waders please!’. But before gearing up we tried the amazing biscuits and cake kindly offered by Lynn. Meanwhile, Brian helped us to open up the fence and find a suitable entrance and exit point.  After preparation and the H&S talk we went straight in. Everyone worked very hard and encouraging one another keep going until the end, at 1.30 pm.

    At this point the rain lessened and we had the most amazing time. The atmosphere was incredible.

    We collected a shocking amount of litter. Amongst the many items collected, it grabbed our attention to find peculiar objects along the river banks and bed, from clothes to toys and car number plates.

    What’s more, the volunteers pulled out a matters and a sofa from the brook.

    All the litter was taken to Methuen gate, where Harrow council collected it for disposal.

    The aftermath: 18 full litter bags, a mattress, a scooter and many other bulky items.

    Join us next time, and help us to do more for your local river!

    *Brent Rivers and Valleys Environment = BRaVE

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Carolina Pinto