Guardians set to watch over parks and open spaces

Guardians set to watch over parks and open spaces

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James Preston

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Guardians set to watch over parks and open spaces

Dog mess and graffiti in parks could become a thing of the past in Windsor and Maidenhead with the help of vigilant members of the public under a new scheme.

The Guardians of Parks and Open Spaces is a new Royal Borough initiative, launched yesterday, encouraging residents to report mess, litter and anything else they feel needs action to the relevant authorities.

Distinctive 'business cards' will be handed out with the phone numbers of borough community wardens and Thames Valley Police so anyone from dog walkers to people out for a stroll can tell the right people about areas of concern.

The card will also feature the number of Braywick Nature Centre for queries about wildlife.

The scheme is the brainchild of community warden Trish Canziani and will see park rangers, who wear distinctive yellow armbands, handing out the cards when they are on patrol.

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member with responsibility for community safety, said: "We are very fortunate to have so many great parks in the Royal Borough, many of which consistently receive Green Flag status, clearly demonstrating that borough parks are of a very high standard in terms of facilities. I am delighted that we are inviting the community to work in partnership with us to ensure the parks remain an asset for all to enjoy."

Brian Martin, community safety manager, added: "I encourage residents to join this new scheme. We all want to see our parks and open spaces totally free of litter, dog mess and graffiti and this scheme will help us move closer to achieving this goal. I'd like to see lots of residents signing up."

Anyone interested in helping with the initiative can email the community safety team on communitysafety@rbwm.gov.uk or call 01628 796126.

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