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  • Lend a hand before storm hits

    Lend a hand before storm hits0

    It’s the calm before the storm so volunteers at Queen’s Promenade are making the most of it this morning (Saturday) by putting up new tit and robin bird boxes made by Thames Ditton’s Men in Sheds project. Other tasks at the pocket park along the riverside walk – if time allows before Storm Dennis hits

  • Tree falls on home in Storm Ciara

    Tree falls on home in Storm Ciara0

    It was ‘the sound of thunder’ said Rob Higgins after this Canadian maple, pictured, crashed through the roof of his parents home during Storm Ciara. The 60ft tree, which had sat majestically on the verge outside Paul and Ruth Higgins’ home in Church Meadow, Long Ditton, toppled during the storm which wreaked havoc on the

  • What do you love about green space?

    What do you love about green space?0

    Residents have been having their say on how green spaces in Surbiton, Berrylands and Tolworth are looked after. Kingston Council is responsible for more than 500 hectares of open space, including 43 parks, 22 allotments and 30 playgrounds in the borough. There is an annual maintenance schedule, determining how often grass is cut, litter picked,

  • Wood you make a tree warden?

    Wood you make a tree warden?0

    Could you help look after the trees in your street?  Residents and community groups interested in getting more involved in the planting and/or maintenance of trees are being encouraged to join Kingston Council’s new tree warden programme. Those who sign up will play an active role in conserving and enhancing trees in their area, helping

  • Pocket Park takes shape

    Pocket Park takes shape0

    The Queen’s Prom Friends’ pocket park is taking shape, helped by volunteers at goodgym, Nandos and AstraZeneca. Since April, a site has been cleared with a raised bed and wheelchair-friendly path (pictured). Victorian heritage has been reinstated, plants deadheaded, weeds and litter picked. Next task: to find local firms to sponsor this thriving community project.

  • It’s good to get grubby!

    It’s good to get grubby!0

    Improve your local environment and help nurture wildlife at one of Berrylands Nature Reserve’s community volunteer days. Recent sessions uncovered a lost path, haloed a magnificent oak tree, improved drainage (efforts continuing), cleared brambles and historic litter, and thinned blackthorn, using it to create a shelter for birds and small mammals and a habitat for

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