Many hands make light work

Many hands make light work

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Glenda Smallman, Ruth Conway, Don Chandler, Colleen Rankin, Allan Hindley, Jane Brown, Aaron Gregory and James Gregory. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

A park, which was formerly piled high with dumped garden waste, household rubbish and a burnt out motorbike, has been beautifully restored for the benefit of local families. 

Located on the corner of Granfell Way and Gordin Way in Byford, the large open space has been a labour of love for a number of hardworking volunteers from the Byford Enviro Link group. 

Member Colleen Rankin said the park was previously used as a dumping ground before the group’s nine volunteers rolled up their sleeves and started work. 

“We first picked up the rubbish, more than 100 bags, and then dug up the love grass and a patch of Watsonia several metres square that had very large corms buried in the ground,” she said. 

“We have also levelled the site to some degree but will be bringing in soil to level it more to include an area for a table and seat.” 

The group has also planted about 100 small dense scrubs, which will hopefully attract more birdlife to the area. 

Mrs Rankin said she hopes the park will soon feature some playground equipment for many of the young children in the nearby housing estates and include a path to the nearby shopping centre. 

The group will soon put forward a suggestion to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council for the park to be named BEL Park in recognition of the Byford Enviro Link’s efforts. 

Byford Enviro Link volunteers rolled up their sleeves and removed plenty of rubbish which was dumped on the site, including a burnt out motorbike.