Children help to clear up park's reputation

Children helping clear up Wilbury Park

Children helping clear up Wilbury Park

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  Young community workers have been helping to clear up an open space in bid to clean up its reputation.

Children from Wilbury estate in Edmonton helped members of Friends of Weir Hall and Tatem Parks and Origin housing association, clear up Wilbury open space.

A playground on the land is currently disused and the site has been used for fly-tipping and by drug users.

Now people living in the area are working to make the Wilbury open space more family friendly.

A bouncy castle provided by Alexandra plant hire was set up, and children added their ideas of what they would like to see in the park to a drawing of a tree.

Chairman of Friends of Weir Hall and Tatem parks Marc Ellul, who helped set up the community day, said: “This space has everything you need to become a family friendly place with hills and flat areas as well.

“Unfortunately there has been fly-tipping and other crimes in the space we are trying our best to change its reputation and hopefully more families can use this area.”

A disused playground is set to be taken out the park and is regarded as the main place for drug users by local residents.

Dilon Dimes, 18, a volunteer helping clear up the space, said: “The park needs more attractions for people to use it. Crime has gone down round here but regular checks are needed.

“There is quite a lot of rubbish being dumped from the estate into the space.”

The park group have now received £40,000 from Enfield Residents’ Priority fund and the Mayor Marathon Trust to help reform the park.

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