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Nene Park to launch clean-up appeal

Frequent visitors to Nene Park, particularly those entering via Thorpe Meadows, Orton Mere or Milton Ferry, cannot fail to have noticed that most of the Park signs in these areas have become a target for wanton vandalism in the form of extensive, and often racist, graffiti.

'Quite apart from being an offensive eyesore', says Teresa Wood, Nene Park Trust's Head of Visitor Services, 'repairing the damage to the signs will punch a significant five-figure hole in our winter maintenance budget, not to mention wasting a great deal of time that should be put to much better use.'

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Throughout the winter, Park Rangers' time would normally be taken up with essential maintenance of trees and hedges, and in other tasks that cannot be tackled during busy periods. Instead Rangers will need to work alongside specialist contractors who have the right materials and know-how to prevent any environmental damage during the clean-up process.

'Despite the challenge, we hope to have all the Park signs spick and span as soon as possible,' adds Teresa Wood, 'As a Charitable Trust, Nene Park Trust does not receive a penny of central or local government funding. Therefore, we are planning a public appeal to help us meet the cost of restoring the Park to our usual standards, in line with the expectations of visitors and the local community. We appreciate the kind gestures from people who have volunteered to help, but because of environmental and health and safety restraints, we have no choice but to use accredited contractors. A big "Thank You!" nonetheless.'

Many thanks to Volunteer, Graham Whyte, for writing this article and to all the Nene Park Volunteers who have offered to help us with the appeal.

Details of the appeal will appear on the Nene Park Trust website and Facebook page early in the new year. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to help with the cost of repairs, we are accepting any contributions at the Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre. Thank you for your support.