MANSFIELD radio and TV presenter Richard Bacon has paid tribute to the work being carried out by the community to breathe new life into Berry Hill Park.
Richard, presenter of the Afternoon Show on BBC 5Live, was among 160 people - including double Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington - who took part in a special community clean up on 16th April to kick-start a campaign to restore the 80-acre site to its former glory.
Now six weeks later, Mansfield Rotary Club is preparing for a second clean-up day on Saturday ahead of a family fun day at the park on 12th June - at which local bands are still wanted to play.
Richard says he is ‘thrilled’ that the momentum from the original Chad-backed clean up has continued.
“I thought what happened last time was extremely impressive,” said Richard. “I’ve never been to an event like that in London, where I’ve been living for the last 15 years.
“There’s less of a community feel in London and that had a feeling of people coming together and giving up their time to make something better.
“It was a great opportunity for people to come together, to hang out, to reminisce about the good times that they had at the park.
“It was a good to see volunteers going down, helping out and appreciating one of Mansfield’s greatest assets.
“I’m thrilled it’s continuing and thrilled it did not end on that day.”
Meanwhile, the brains behind the project, Rotn Stewart Rickersey, says anyone who would like to take part in Saturday’s clean up and has not registered must contact the Rotary Club beforehand.
But he said he expected most people who took part in the original event in April to turn up on Saturday.
“A lot of people have said they will come again,” said Rotn Rickersey.
“But anybody who would like to come along, we need a phone call or an email. If they’re going to come and work on the park, for insurance purposes we have to register their details.”
He says most of the work on Saturday will centre on the lake and the area around the Black Scotch Lane entrance.
Saturday’s clean up takes place from 9am-4pm.
Anyone who would like more details about the clean up on Saturday, or a band who would like to play at the fun day, should contact Mansfield Rotary Club on Mansfield 706540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.