Thursday, 2 October 2008

Greens Clean Up in Kemp Town - again!

Green councillors representing Queen's Park (that's me, Rachel and Paul) joined forces yesterday with residents and council staff to help spruce up the Eastern Road neighbourhood.

Cleaning up (and not just in elections!) was followed by a session planting bulbs, to add a splash of colour to the area next spring, and a tree planting session outside Hampshire Court.

The first of three Sea Buckthorn trees (one of nature's most concentrated sources of Vitamin C for all the 'free food' buffs out there) was erected on the patch of grass between the flats and Upper Bedford Street.

Organised by the Eastern Road Area Partnership, these ‘Clean Up - Green Up’ events are a highlight of the area's community calendar.

This is the third such event I’ve attended, and the lasting environmental improvements they deliver bring the community a little bit closer together – and make a real difference to local people’s everyday lives.

The latest report into the city’s health trends - the annual report of Brighton and Hove's Director of Public Health, published last week - shows that the Queen’s Park ward is one of the most deprived in the city.

People living here want safer, healthier and greener lives – and events like this make all the difference.

The next one will be held in the Tarner Area of the ward on October 29 - I hope some of you will be able to join me (and Sammy, who will be enjoying the first half-term of his school career. What a Dad, eh, making him sweep the streets in his first week's escape from the 'sausage factory'!)

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