Last Saturday a group of Stroud Green families along with the Friends of Finsbury Park got together for a community clean up of the Richard Hope Space to help make it an even lovelier place for everyone to use and play in.

Lew & Devon from the Parks Service were on hand to guide us through a few health & safety issues and then let us loose with litter pickers & black bags. The kids had a great time and we were all rewarded with scrumptious cakes baked by Juliette Darby, Sarah Sudeo and Sophie McCullagh. We all had great fun (despite the rain) and managed to fill a dozen or more bin bags for Devon & Lew, who were delighted. We had so much fun, we’ve decided to make it a monthly event.

Juliette Darby who participated in the clean up told us that she has already been approached by quite a few parents from Stroud Green Primary School who hope to come to our next event and could not come on Saturday which is great news – word is spreading already.

She has also emailed Jo Bartlett (Interim Head) and Sophie Hall (Chair of Governors) to let them know of our plans to hold more clean ups and to inform them of our plans to launch a consultation regarding the use of the Hope Space. Jo is very keen for the school to be involved and happy to promote events in the school newsletter and says that, ‘ It would be a good way to develop ownership of our community spaces and it would develop citizenship skills too. The stronger the links with the park the better’.

Thanks again to everyone who came. We will be posting a survey on our website as part of our consultation on the Richard Hope Space and dates for our next community clean up next week!