These were not just volunteers, these were Marks & Spencer’s volunteers!
Four community groups in South Leeds welcomed volunteers from Marks & Spencer as part of the company’s Spark Something Good programme.
A large group of backroom staff from across the region came to Lady Pit Lane allotments in Beeston on Wednesday (20 April 2016) to support Groundwork’s Green For Go project. As well as digging over plots, they repainted a container and relocated the compost heap.
“This is a win-win” explained Jennifer Jordan Cassidy, M&S’s Finance and Operations Managerfrom pudsey. “My team are scattered across the region and don’t meet up regularly. Today they are working together, building team spirit and relationships. And this is so much nicer than us all sitting in a dingy room!”
On Thursday in Cross Flatts Park another group of volunteers helped Beeston in Bloom paint railings and build a ‘bug hotel’ out of old pallets stuffed with cut back foliage to encourage wildlife.
Down at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Stourton on Friday they were working with The Conservation Volunteers to create a new play area.
“It was great to see so many smiling faces! said Ralph Walker. “The volunteers including M&S staff, those that found out about the project on the Neighbourly.com website and TCV’s regular Green Team volunteers made a huge difference to the site during the day.”
Finally on Sunday (24 April 2016), volunteers helped to build raised beds and lay out paving in the Friends of Stank Hall Barn’s community garden.