Staff volunteers teamed up with Patchway Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council yesterday to tidy up a shopping centre and make it safer.
Twelves members of staff spent the day braving snow showers, ripping out the overgrown shrubs and brambles from the ten raised beds at The Parade in Patchway and replacing it with eight tonnes of top soil. In the summer grass seed will be planted in the beds. As well as removing the shrubs, the volunteers also picked up 19 bags of litter from the raised beds and surrounding area.
The work was requested by customers who said they felt unsafe walking through the area, especially at night, due to the size of the overgrown bushes. It was funded by a £2,200 grant we received from Cory Environmental Trust to carry out the work.
Executive Personal Assistant Emma Pearce said: “It was good to get out of the office for the day. I’m really proud of what we did but it would have been nice if it had been a bit warmer. It was great to work together with colleagues from Merlin and Patchway and South Gloucestershire Councils on this project.”
This was the latest volunteering project staff have taken part in. Every member of staff is allowed one day to spend volunteering on a local community project. To date staff have donated more than £22,500 worth of time volunteering with good causes and local projects.