Power tools and shopping trollies were just some of the items that were fished out of Bridge House Pond, Feltham, at a recent Clean For The Queen event to mark the monarch’s upcoming 90th birthday.
In a great example of the community coming together, the Friends of Bridge House Pond and local volunteers helped clear the pond, which they describe as a ‘hidden gem’.
With equipment supplied by Hounslow Council’s Enforcement team and Carillion – the organisation that manages the area on behalf of the council – the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and set to work clearing litter, tidying the pond, scrubbing the decking and trimming hedges.
The venture saw more than 40 bags filled with rubbish including footballs, power tools, bottles and cans and a dumped shopping trolley.
Graffiti which blighted signs around the pond was also removed and the areas around the pond tidied up.
Richard Clarke, from the Friends of Bridge House Pond, said: “As residents we want to celebrate what we feel is a hidden gem in Feltham – the Bridge House Pond and the park area – opposite Feltham station.
“The clean-up day made such a difference to a previously overgrown area covered in litter. It was great to work together with so many enthusiastic volunteers to help improve the area so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.
“We have now formed a ‘Friends’ group to continue to look after and improve the area, and would love more people to get involved.”