Tonnes of junk cleared in annual Spring clean

Residents cleared 4.9 tonnes of junk and rubbish at HCRA’s annual Dump Run, helping keep our homes, streets and alleyways tidy.

The event on Saturday, March 24, saw a team of neighbours volunteer their time for the community clean-up.

HCRA hired a tipper truck to ferry unwanted items, including old fridges, sofas, and mattresses to the town dump.

The event, which is supported by Harrow Council, also saw green-fingered locals weed tree pits and tidy the community garden outside the Nisa convenience store.

Yet again the team had to clear piles of rubbish from the passage that runs between homes in Rosslyn Crescent and Woodlands Road, due to fly-tipping.

HCRA is urging those whose homes back onto the passage not to chuck garden waste and rubbish over their fences.

The Dump Run is a free event but HCRA collects donations towards the hire of the truck and other expenses.

 

Beware of fangtastic Mr Fox!

Residents have been urged to be wary after a spate of bite and run attacks on local people by foxes.

One incident saw a Woodlands Road resident get bitten in the calf by a fox as they were walking down the street.

On another occasion a fox attacked a man in his garden, biting him on the foot through his trainer and drawing blood, resulting in a trip to A&E.

He was told by doctors that this was the ninth fox bite they had treated in just three days.

Other neighbours in Woodlands and surrounding streets have reported foxes running straight at them and having to scare them off.

One fox surprised householders by sticking its head through a catflap.

Locals say they have been surprised to see foxes more often in broad daylight and commented on how bold they seem.

According to Harrow Council’s community safety team, foxes do not generally attack humans.

“But if it is cornered or surprised then they may bite in self-defence,” says an information leaflet on urban foxes.

“The fact that foxes often appear not to fear humans has more to do with familiarity and also the fact they know how slowly humans can move.”

The key way for residents to deter local foxes is to limit their access to possible food supplies.

This includes ensuring food waste is stored securely in containers such as wheelie bins and using proper bird feeders instead of just leaving scraps on the ground.

Meanwhile actively feeding foxes “can lead to foxes regarding your home as part of their territory”, says the factsheet.

“A fox that is used to being fed may approach people or even try to enter their house to find food,” it adds.

The information leaflet, which includes more information on how to deter foxes, can be downloaded here.

Or for more information and advice on foxes check out The Fox Project at www.foxproject.org.uk