Statement: Increased littering in parks

Our parks are extremely busy at the moment and we are working hard to meet the challenges this brings including extra litter. Everyone can help us keep our parks looking beautiful by taking home their litter, especially if the bins are full.

Merton’s Cabinet Member for Commerce, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, said: “We are delighted that so many Merton residents are enjoying our beautiful parks at this time – it’s like every day has been another sunny bank holiday.

“All our parks are incredibly busy right now which does bring a number of challenges including extra litter. We are working hard to meet these challenges but it would be enormously helpful if residents could take the remains of their picnics and any litter home with them, especially if the litter bins available are full.

“From April, we have issued 127 fixed penalty fines for people who have littered in our parks.

“We are grateful that the majority of park users are respecting the environment, and are observing the guidelines in regard to social distancing. However our environmental enforcement officers are patrolling all the main parks, including Morden Park, to disperse any large or unruly gatherings.

“Merton is one of the greenest London boroughs, and we are proud that our beautiful parks are enhancing the lives of so many residents at a time so many places are closed.”

For information on parks across Merton visit: merton.gov.uk/parks