A ‘green team’ of 14 volunteers from fast food chain McDonald’s has helped to restore the overgrown tennis and netball courts at the Rosendale Playing Fields.
Local Conservative Councillors Clare and John Whelan worked with a teacher at Rosendale Primary School to find a solution when Lambeth Council bureaucrats said there was "no money" to remove grass and moss from the courts which had become unplayable for young sports fans.
John found a way through the red tape and the Community Freshview programme run by Lambeth offered the services of the McDonald’s volunteers for the work on November 25. An infestation of the invasive plant Japanese Knotweed was also removed.
John says: “I’m now a fan of McDonald’s but the even better news is that the courts will soon be back in action. Let’s hope we soon have a new local Andy Murray or Laura Robson to cheer on at Wimbledon.”
Rosendale Playing Fields is home to the Lambeth Primary Schools Soccer League and the Brixton Bulls junior rugby league club and is also used by Rosendale Primary School. The site is owned by the Dulwich Estate and is on a long term lease to Lambeth Council.