Staff from the US Embassy joined teams of volunteers to clean up Nine Elms as part of the American custom of offering service to the local community in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.
The National Day of Service and Remembrance promotes community service as an annual tribute. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson joined Wandsworth Council Leader Cllr Ravi Govindia and volunteers at the Rose Community Centre to fan out across the borough.
Councillor Govindia welcomed the US Embassy, Northern Line Extension and Battersea Power Station volunteers who helped with gardening, litter-picking, sports taster sessions. The Embassy nurses offered free health checks.
He said: “All pitching in to improve our local area brings everyone together with a sense of friendship and really helps all our Nine Elms neighbours get to know one another.”
Ambassador Johnson said: “We have been tidying up and picking up rubbish and planting flowers – and most importantly, meeting new people here in this community. It’s great to be here a year later and see not only the flowers that have grown in that time – but the relationships that have grown as well.
“For Americans the 9/11 Day of Service is special. I think it says a lot about the American spirit. When people try to divide us or bring us down, we rise stronger and more unified than ever.”