Hounslow Highways is making a splash this winter by clearing 75,000 kilograms of fallen leaves every fortnight – enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Hounslow Highways, who work on behalf of Hounslow Council to keep the borough clean, has dedicated leaf clearance teams. They clear leaves from two wards each week between November and January. Additionally, hotspot areas – streets which have the most falling leaves – are cleared fortnightly.
Leaves are also swept by Hounslow Highways staff on all streets as part of their normal cleansing work.
Rob Gillespie, Hounslow Highways Service Director, said: “We have looked at the information gathered over the last two seasons to enable us to better prepare for leaf clearance this year.
“By improving our understanding of leaf fall patterns within the borough, we can position our crews to visit the streets that require more immediate clearance.”
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Picking up fallen leaves at this time of year can seem like a losing battle – as soon as you sweep one pile, there’s another pile to clear.
“A mild winter so far has meant that leaves haven’t fallen as quickly as we would expect, but Hounslow Highways staff are doing a great job keeping the streets clear.”