Friends of Wandsworth Common go plogging

Wandsworth Council kicked off its annual summer campaign, Love Parks Wandsworth – at the weekend – with a community clean up event and plog organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common.

The day saw Friends of Wandsworth Common – supported by voluntary group Plogolution – run a fun, socially-distanced litter pick and mini-plog, where you pick up litter while jogging, known as plogging. 

In total, more than 100 bags of recyclables – 1280 glass bottles, 880 plastic bottles and 2050 cans – and 30 bags of rubbish, were collected, which highlights the amount of rubbish that people leave in parks and open spaces across the borough at the moment.

Julia Bott and Richard Fox, co-chairs of the Friends of Wandsworth Common said, “We’re really delighted to see so many dedicated volunteers who turned up to do their bit for Wandsworth Common on Saturday.

“Throughout the year, volunteers from our Friends group do monthly (now weekly) litter picks to help keep the Common clean and litter-free.

“These past months we’ve seen litter increase massively, which is not acceptable, especially when you take into account the harm that it does, not only to our delicate biodiversity of plants and wildlife here, but also by so much not being recycled that could be. People love to come to beautiful green spaces like this – why would anyone leave it in a state they would not wish to find it in!?
Please be kind to our parks and opens spaces, and treat them with the respect they deserve. Bring your friends, your drinks, your picnics, but PLEASE, when all the containers are empty, take them home and reuse and recycle whatever you can”

Councillor Steffi Sutters, Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said,

“The Friends of Wandsworth Common did a tremendous job picking up litter throughout the day at the weekend.

“All our Friends of Parks groups, along with the team at Enable, do an amazing job keeping the parks looking at their best.

“But the reality is that they shouldn’t have to pick up litter – asking people to take their litter home or bin it really is a simple thing to do, and everyone should manage to do it without being asked.”

Over the summer Wandsworth Council will continue to remind people to ‘Love Parks’ and do their bit to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Wandsworth is one of the greenest of London boroughs with 32 public parks – many with children’s playgrounds. Parks, open spaces, and private gardens cover 40 per cent of the borough.

Wandsworth has one of the highest number of council-owned parks and open spaces in inner London and Love Parks Wandsworth is all about encouraging residents to enjoy their favourite park, or discover new ones, and appreciate exactly why parks matter so much.

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