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Spring clean for Bromley's Riverside Gardens in St Mary Cray

PUBLISHED: 11:20 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 20 May 2015

ST Mary Cray clean up

ST Mary Cray clean up

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Gas workers clear reeds, build dam and collect ten bags of rubbish

Bromley’s Riverside Gardens in St Mary Cray has received a spring clean.

Six staff from gas distribution company SGN volunteered to help Bromley council clean part of the river Cray as part of the firm’s programme which sees every employee given one day off each year to help out in their local community.

The group spent two afternoons helping to thin out the river’s reed bed that had previously been created by another SGN team and building a dam to divert more water through it. They rounded off the day by collecting ten bags of rubbish from the river and its banks.

Teams from SGN have been working with Bromley council since 2011. Last December in St Paul’s Cray Country Park, staff cut back and dug out brambles around a stile and cleared a large area of vegetation to make one of the park’s most popular pathways safer and more accessible for dog walkers.

Gary Westcott, from the planning team at SGN’s St Mary Cray depot, said: “We’ve been working with Bromley Council for four years now. When we first helped out at the River Cray, the water quality was quite poor, but over time we’ve seen a year-on-year improvement.

“We had a brilliant day at the river. It was great to get out of the office and work closely with people we wouldn’t usually get to speak to a day-to-day basis, and when we got to the end of the day we really felt as though we had achieved something worthwhile.”

Councillor Colin Smith, Bromley’s executive councillor for environment, said, “This has been a win win situation for everybody, and whilst we want to thank our generous partners from SGN, I also want to thank the individuals who have stepped forward and worked with us to make these incremental improvements happen.

“This philosophy sits at the very heart of Bromley’s Friends movement and demonstrates the power of what working together can achieve, not just because of the practical outcomes, but also because of the understanding, teamwork and future relationships that a project like this engenders.”

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