26th March 2018
Over 20 colleagues from our organisation were hard at work out in the local community last week, as part of our continuing partnership with the volunteering organisation York Cares.
Colleagues donned their outdoor weather gear and braved the elements as they took part in not one, but two team volunteering challenges across the city on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.
Teams from our Commercial and IT department took the time out of their busy schedules to give back to two very special local community projects.
The first team took on a challenge at Clifton Backies Nature Reserve, a designated local nature reserve, which hosts a range of diverse wildlife and recreational open space. Colleagues were tasked with clearing the river banks of debris, and tidying up any litter. This type of activity should support and increase the population of water voles in this area, whilst also making the area more amenable for local residents to enjoy.
The second team arrived at West Bank Park, Acomb, and were involved in the skilful task of constructing mesh tree guards around 13 young orchard trees. They also built new woodland path, replenished bark chip and defining the edging, making the park a more pleasant place to walk local families and dog walkers.
Our Head of Commercial Propositions, Neil McCallum, took his team out to volunteer.
“We had a great time out and about, working to make the river banks at Clifton Backies Nature Reserve more habitable for water voles and other local wildlife. The whole team was keeping their eyes and ears open in case we ran in to any of the voles while we worked, or heard them ‘plop’ in to the river nearby! It feels good to know you’re making a difference, and it was great to have the whole team working together in such a different environment.”