Big clean up for Leeds pond

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Volunteers have been busy removing rubbish from a Farnley pond to help make the area safer and cleaner for local residents.

Open Source Arts and Team Kirkstall joined forces with Yorkshire Water to organise litter picking sessions to help spruce up the area around Farnley balancing pond. The pond helps store rain water that flows off properties and roads to prevent flooding.

At the first session more than 32 bags of litter, an old vacuum cleaner and a couple of tyres were removed from the site.

Amanda Crossfield, Climate Change Strategy Manager at Yorkshire Water said: “Local residents raised concerns about the condition of the pond so we took this on board and organised these big clean ups to help make the site cleaner and safer.

“Colleague volunteering is very important to Yorkshire Water as it helps us to deliver community and environmental benefits. We hope the community will help us to keep the area litter free in the future.”

This is not the first time Team Kirkstall and Yorkshire Water have joined forces to help clean up parts of Leeds.

After the Boxing Day floods in 2015, Yorkshire Water colleagues took part in several river clean up events to remove debris left over from the high river levels.

A second session at Farnley balancing pond is due to take place on August 30 and members of the public are welcome to go along. If you’d like to attend, please contact Open Source Arts. All equipment will be provided as well as tea and biscuits but volunteers should bring their own lunch. Children are welcome if they are accompanied by a responsible adult.