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News article created on 4 September 2013

Community comes together to clear up canal after carnival

Last week volunteers from the Meanwhile Gardens Community Association joined forces with our staff and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to give the Grand Union Canal a thorough tidy up after the Notting Hill Carnival.

In the past it’s been a real drain on our resources, so it’s really useful to have a helping hand and, being next to the canal, moving the rubbish away by boat is the ideal way Chandrika Dalpat

We're working with the Meanwhile Gardens are working together to improve the stretch of canal and adjacent gardens that are well used by the local community. They were impressed by staff from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea who did a fantastic job cleaning up after the carnival. 

Over the course of the day, the teams cleared away piles of rubbish that had been left behind by Carnival-goers as well as trimming back overgrown plants to make more space for visitors and uncovering two bins that had been hidden by foliage. We arranged for the litter to be taken away by boat, which really helped Meanwhile Gardens and may offer a sustainable solution for future clear ups.

Looking better than ever

Phil Crowther at Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea said: “It’s great to see the community coming together to look after the towpath – and that’s the real story here. This place is loved by everyone and it’s really starting to show. Thank you to everybody who came down to help us with the clear up and get things looking better than ever after the Carnival.”

Chandrika Dalpat, manager at the Meanwhile Gardens said: “It’s great to see volunteers join forces with staff from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and making such a difference to the Grand Union Canal, especially after Carnival, when we have such a huge amount of rubbish to get rid of. In the past it’s been a real drain on our resources, so it’s really useful to have a helping hand and, being next to the canal, moving the rubbish away by boat is the ideal way.”