Volunteers get their litter-pickers out for Wanstead Park clean-up

A team of volunteers held a successful litter pick in Wanstead on Sunday in aid of cleaning up their park.

The event in Wanstead Park, Overton Drive, was staged by conservation group the Friends of Wanstead Parklands, and they hope it will become a monthly series of activity days to help preserve the area.

Ten members and supporters of the group turned up to the event and spent two hours across the park collecting litter like cans, bottles, food wrappers, several discarded items of clothing, a blanket and other unidentified objects.

Committee member Richard Arnopp said: “The antisocial people who leave litter in the park appear to have a great fondness for super-strength lager, which somehow does not come as a surprise.”

The Friends group has been campaigning for many years for more maintenance in parks in Wanstead and have organised more litter picks next spring and autumn.

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Dwight Wood, chairman of the Friends, said: “Everybody who took part thought it was great fun, and a good way to spend a couple of hours in enjoyable company, while contributing to the upkeep of our local environment. We hope to see lots of new faces next time.”

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