Thank you to Lincoln’s gutter garden heroes

A group of volunteers in Lincoln have spent their afternoon de-weeding the gutters and pavements after deciding the local authority was not doing enough to fix the problem.

Last week residents in Washingborough complained about the ‘gutter gardens’ and were told the County Council would not be carrying out a second treatment of the weeds until mid-August.

As a result Barbara Gooding, Anne Lawson and Stephan Lait spent hours on their hands and knees in the Sincil Bank area in Lincoln pulling up the weeds themselves.

Residents across Lincoln have complained about the ‘gutter gardens’ that have sprouted across the city. Photo: Nick Rawsthorne

The trio of green thumbed volunteers will be out again on Tuesday to finish the job and are hoping other members of the community will join them in making the area look more appealing.

Those who feel inspired by the group are encouraged to meet them on the corner of Sincil Bank and Scorer Street at 2pm, or to start with the verges on their own streets.

Photo: Nick Rawsthorne

Writing on a local Facebook group, You’re Probably from Lincoln If…, Nick Rawsthorne said: “How many of us have grumbled and moaned about the fact that local authorities are doing nothing about the weeds rapidly growing in the streets of Lincoln?

“Well, on Sincil Bank, volunteers have made a start on doing something about it.

“Three stalwart people made a start by getting out there and physically weeding the gutters and the pavements. Why? To prove they care!”

“If we care for our precious city, it will care for us. It also makes our local representatives see that we’ve had enough and we will do something about it.”

Photo: Nick Rawsthorne