As part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean, the Marble Arch Partnership is preparing to host three community clean-up events.
The Great British Spring Clean is a nationwide campaign to reduce litter and encourage recycling as much as possible. This year it takes place between 22 March and 23 April and aims to involve half a million people in community clean-up events across the country.
The Marble Arch Partnership are uniting corporate volunteers, local school pupils and residents; who together will remove litter, plant seeds, hanging baskets and raised beds and construct a reading den from recycled milk bottles.
Volunteers from IT firm OSIsoft will join pupils from Hampden Gurney Primary School on Tuesday 26 March for the ambitious milk bottle den construction project. Over recent weeks the school pupils have been busy collecting up over 500 milk bottles with one nursery school student and his Mum visiting shop and cafes along Edgware Road and encouraging them to donate.
The den will be built on one of the school’s play decks and provide an exciting new space for children to enjoy stories and games. Children from the nursery and Reception classes will help the volunteers to wash the bottles and decorate the completed den with other recycled items.
Events will also be held at King Solomon Academy and Crawford Place Alms House. At King Solomon Academy, colleagues from Cirrus Logic will be joined by Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr David Harvey, to support pupils with planting sunflower seeds after a morning’s litter picking.
At Crawford Place Alms House, volunteers from construction firm Multiplex will work alongside the eco-committee from Halcyon International School to transform the residents’ courtyard gardens. The gardens used to be award-winning and by filling them with new pots and plants, the volunteers aim to return them to their former glory.
Look out for before and after photographs on social media as spaces are transformed and milk bottle dens are built over the coming weeks. If you know of a space in the local area the could benefit from a transformation like this, or you and your colleagues would like to volunteer with us as environmental champions, please don’t hesitate to contact the community team.