When Barnet Council launched their pledge site to encourage local residents to work together to sort out local issues the new manager of the Green Man Community Centre saw this as an excellent opportunity to get some volunteers together to clean up the plot of land opposite the centre.
Mark Healey said “When I first started working at the Green Man the land opposite the centre was a real mess and desperately needed attention. The path from the bus stop was so overgrown you could hardly get a single pram down it. The area was an eyesore, overgrown vegetation littered with rubbish and at night the poorly lit area felt unsafe to walk through. ”
Jessica (Peabody Estate Manager) and I, both spent a lot of time chasing Transport for London and Barnet Council to sort out the land. After a bit of back and forth, it transpired that Transport for London were responsible for the management of the land. We also spoke to Mike Freer MP when he held a surgery at the centre and he helped to get the ball rolling.
Mark said “I posted the pledge on the Barnet Pledge site, and said to the council that if they could chase Transport for London and get the vegetation cut back, that I would do my best to get some volunteers together to help litter pick the land.” Shortly afterwards a team of workers from Transport for London turned up and started work.
Mark added “We’ve got five volunteers so far – we just need one more to join us then we can crack on and get this done! It will be so good for the area because it will improve access to the Green Man Community Centre and the Strawberry Vale estate, and seeing local people working together to improve the area will also enhance local pride.”
If you are interested in volunteering to help – please sign up on the Green Man Plegde or conact Mark firstname.lastname@example.org.