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COM­MU­NITY spir­ited neigh­bours worked to­gether to spruce up their street.

In Kir­tle Road, Che­sham, the hedges were get­ting big­ger as the road was di­min­ish­ing in size.

Tired of hear­ing the con­stant com­plaints about scratched cars due to the ever ex­pand­ing fo­liage, newly wed Sue Flack de­cided to take things into her own hands.

She sent a let­ter to all the res­i­dents of Kir­tle Road, ask­ing that on Sun­day, July 31, they pre­sented them­selves armed with hedge trim­mers, shears, chain saws, brooms, rakes and what­ever else would get the job done.

And ar­rive the neigh­bours did, in quan­tity.

Di Bur­nett, from Kir­tle Road, said: “The com­mu­nity spirit in the road was there in full force.

“Not once was there a com­plaint that some­one else should be do­ing this, the res­i­dents just mucked in and had a thor­oughly good af­ter­noon. And if they weren’t ac­tu­ally cut­ting hedges, they were fer­ry­ing fo­liage to the re­cy­cling cen­tre or mak­ing tea and cold drinks.

“Sue had also re­quested that the road was blessed with dry weather on that day, a re­quest that was duly obeyed.

“By the end of the day, the road was at least a me­tre wider and waist­lines were an inch nar­rower.

“Driv­ers of shiny cars were happy and a beer was de­served by all.”

Sue Flack pro­posed to her part­ner Derek Barter on Fe­bru­ary 29 this year, and he said yes af­ter they had been liv­ing to­gether for 28 years. They mar­ried in July. Ms Bur­nett added: “Mar­riage ob­vi­ously agrees with her!”

Does your road have com­mu­nity spirit? Email your sto­ries to buck­snews@trin­i­

Over the hedge: The clean-up work party was or­gan­ised by Sue Flack

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