Gunnersbury residents give local green spaces a pre-Christmas clean up

Image above: Residents raking up the leaves on one of the green spaces; photograph Laurent Widloecher

Good Gym members join in clean up of Triangle Way on the Gunnersbury Estate

A group of volunteers were joined by members of Good Gym on Saturday (16 December) to clean up two local green spaces off Triangle Way on the Gunnersbury Estate. The group or 25 or so neighbours were helped by six members of the group, who take exercise by helping local communities with practical tasks.

The green spaces and pavements were covered in leaves, ivy and weeds, which they raked and put into bags, to be collected by Hounslow Council. Helpers, who also included Chiswick Councillor Ranjit Gill, were treated to complimentary mulled wine made by some of the neighbours, before the group headed to the Gunnersbury Triangle Club once the areas were cleared.

Images above: bags filled with leaves, sticks and ivy; wheelie bins to collect the rubbish; mulled wine stall for the volunteers

Gunnersbury Estate residents are running a campaign to clean up the area ahead of a front garden competition planned for next year. Details are yet to be finalised, but the competition will likely take place in June 2024.

The initiative was organised by local resident Tony Traxler, who said:

“There were over 30 garden wheelie bins of leaves, weeds and sticks at 240L per barrel. It was great to see residents put in some elbow grease to make the neighbourhoods look nicer.”

The group were careful to maintain hedgehog habitats, built by Kelly Lavelle and Andrew Stevens. Mr Stevens is the Chair of the newly formed Bat Corner Association, made up of members who successfully campaigned against Transport for London building a car park on a local nature reserve earlier this year.

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Images above: hedgehog habitats built by local residents

No help from the Council

The residents decided to take matters into their own hands, having previously tried to contact the local authority about cleaning up the area. The Council’s portal FixMyStreet, where people can report local problems, shows there have been seven reports submitted to Hounslow Council concerning overgrown weeds and tree branches since July.

A second clean-up of the area is in the works for April 2024.