• Subject: Oral History
A tree covered in 1000 beer cans

Community spirit and volunteering as a Litter Picking Friend of South Norwood 

In this audio you can hear Violeta. 

The audio is 1 minute and 29 seconds long.

Audio Transcript: 

I have a been living in South Norwood for 32 years and I am one of the volunteers of Litter Picking Friends of South Norwood, so we go around and clean up the streets and we want to see changes in South Norwood, and I was actually a Street Champion before I started. A Street Champion is part of Croydon. We are supported by Croydon Council. 

I like it because I’m seeing changes. And then when I started to go out and do litter-picking, I noticed a lot of people were asking me “Oh, did you do this yourself? Where can I get the equipment? I’m interested.” And I was shocked by the amount of people that wanted to join the groups. So I organised a group in Facebook, so at least now we got 200 members, and can I say that 25 volunteers are active in the community, not only doing litter-picking. We do a lot of looking after parks, cleaning, emptying bins sometimes, encouraging…encouraging recycling…promote South Norwood as a lovely place to live because we care, we love this community, and we want to see it improving.


South Norwood High Street Stories is funded by Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme delivered by Croydon Council. For more information visit www.croydon.gov.uk/southnorwood

Norwood JunKAction’s The Tree of Beer Cans 2023 at Belgrave and Grosvenor Estate.

Image Credit: Croydon Council

A tree covered in 1000 beer cans

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