Stars turn out for big clean-up of Berry Hill Park

Mansfield Berry Hill Clean up - Baggaley MD Ian Baggaley with Ali Clapham and Chris Wright working on the car park

Mansfield Berry Hill Clean up - Baggaley MD Ian Baggaley with Ali Clapham and Chris Wright working on the car park

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TWO of Mansfield’s modern day stars came home on Saturday to join the town’s people and business in a big clean-up of one the town’s oldest landmarks - Berry Hill Park.

Media personality Richard Bacon and Olympic double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington were among the many volunteers involved in the big community event - spearheaded by Mansfield Rotary Club and Chad.

NMAC11-1012-1  Richard Bacon at Berry Hill Park on Saturday

NMAC11-1012-1 Richard Bacon at Berry Hill Park on Saturday

The former Blue Peter presenter, now host of the mid-afternoon show on BBC 5Live, said today: “I used to run here as a lad as I was a member of the Berry Hill running club. I remember coming down to the pond when it was iced over in winter and walking on it. It holds a lot of happy memories and it is good to see that something is being done to make it into what it once was.”

It is hoped that Saturday’s day-long clean-up - which was supported by many Mansfield businesses as well as residents and parks users - will be just the start of a three-year campaign to breathe new life into the park over the next three years.

Mansfield Rotary Club president, Rotn Kelvin Bowman, thanked the volunteers who turned up on Saturday to clear rubbish, cut back vegetation, repair benches, clean the bandstand and dredge the lake, among many other small jobs, and said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the offers of help that have come in. It’s a big thank you to all of you. This has surpassed everything. Thank you for coming and thanks for what you’re offering.”

The Rotary Club hope that the clean-up and campaign at Berry Hill Park will unlock funding from organisations like the National Lottery to continue to improve it in future years.

See this weeks’ Chad for a full report, a full interview with Richard Bacon and many photographs.