Getting their hands dirty for the clean-up

Volunteers help with the clean up at Desborough pocket park, back, Keith Brown and Sue Willis. Front, Rachel Bosworth, Pam Marlow, Jenny Hopkins, Clare Byrne and Val Payne.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Volunteers help with the clean up at Desborough pocket park, back, Keith Brown and Sue Willis. Front, Rachel Bosworth, Pam Marlow, Jenny Hopkins, Clare Byrne and Val Payne.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A group of volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in with the autumn clean-up of a pocket park.

More than a dozen people gave up their time for the volunteer day held at Desborough Pocket Park on Saturday.

Pond dipping...Stanley Bellamy 5 and Freddie Bellamy 7 at Deborough pocket park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Pond dipping...Stanley Bellamy 5 and Freddie Bellamy 7 at Deborough pocket park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Vice-chairman of the pocket park committee Keith Brown said: “We had between 15 and 18 people who were strimming a lot of the weeds back on the path down to the park and also cutting back the bushes where they were encroaching on the walkways.”

And their work seems to have paid off with visitors noticing a difference in the park.

Mr Brown said: “I was talking to a colleague from the Heritage Centre on the phone and he said he went down to the pocket park and said he could see a big difference and it looked like someone had gone to town on it.

“And when people are passing through when you are working down there, a lot of people stop and say you are doing a good job, which is really gratifying.”

Mr Brown said they usually have four or five volunteer events during the year.

The next one is likely to be next year, although he said a handful of them may get together to plant some bulbs for the spring.

To keep-up-date with volunteer events taking place at the park, search for Desborough Pocket Park on Facebook.