Dirty job to clean tracks

2015-06-09 06:01

The Friends of Harfield Parks got their hands dirty during a railway clean-up on a 1.5km track from Kenilworth to beyond Harfield train station.

Though what they picked up wasn’t pleasant, they were glad to do it to help the community and to make sure that they live in a clean environment.

The volunteers managed to fill 100 black refuse bags with the litter they picked up. They cleared four boxes of human excrement, condoms and bags of food that had liquefied, as well as the usual litter of chips and sweet packets, bottles, cans and loads of bottle tops. Among the dumped refuse were two black bags full of plastic wire casings.

Though it wasn’t an easy job, they feel it makes them sleep easier at night because a health hazard has been avoided and crime will also be kept to a minimum.

Gail Brown from the Friends of Harfield Parks says it is a beautiful sight driving past the area that they cleaned.

“People came all out and did a wonderful job. The area is looking beautiful. We can all rest a little easier knowing that major health hazards have been removed and crime has been curbed for now. What a difference it was when I drove past where we cleaned,” she says.

Apart from picking up litter they also did some gardening – cutting grass, pulling weeds and clearing bushes. The Aloe Garden, which took some strain in the long hot summer and experiences a lack of maintenance, also benefitted from the clean-up. “As we improve the soil quality and add some shade to the area we believe the garden will in time hold its own with a minimum of maintenance,” she says.


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