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Highways England volunteers scrub up well

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Walsall Council ‘parkies’ were delighted this week to have their numbers greatly bolstered by volunteers from Highways England who spent two days working hard to improve Pleck Park.
The volunteers, 10 each day, made light work of litter-picking, coppicing, woodland thinning and clearing overgrown footpaths on 22 and 23 October. They were also kitted out and made ready to deal with any discarded ‘sharps’ and other items which can be a danger to park users. The volunteers, from The Cube, West Midlands Regional Control Centre and Kier were all keen to support a local community asset and chose to support Walsall’s Pleck Park and the ‘Friends of Pleck Park’. The Friends of the Park Group have worked with Walsall Council to see 8 new recycling bins being installed in the park, which are already being well used by visitors to the park.”
Councillor Louise Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to these wonderful volunteers, who’ve put in two days of hard graft to benefit the users of Pleck Park – they’ve done an amazing job.”
“I’m really keen to see more initiatives like this. Our parks and greenspaces are the ‘green lungs’ of our neighbourhoods. Although the council is the custodian of these spaces, they belong to us all really, whether we’re residents or businesses. We welcome corporate volunteering schemes such as this, just as we welcome the invaluable work of our many ‘Friends of the Park’ groups – it all helps in feeling that they’re ‘our’ parks.”
Frank Bird, Emergency Planning Officer, Highways England Midlands Region said: “We’ve all had a great time volunteering at Pleck Park. There were huge amounts of litter by the elevated section of the M6 and there really is some satisfaction to be had in clearing it all up and seeing the fruits of our labours.”
The volunteer ‘parkies’ also worked on removing self-set smaller trees and raising the visible canopy height so that dog walkers and other people using the footpaths in the park have greater visibility and so will feel safer.  All of the small self-set trees cut down have been chipped and used to provide an organic ground cover under the established trees in the park.’