Green Ambassadors from Oak Hill Academy, Feltham, rolled up their sleeves to help spruce up St Dunstan’s Park Playground. 

Their efforts marked the start of four of projects being led by idverde, who are working on the construction of four playgrounds across the London Borough of Hounslow: Redlees Park, St Dunstan’s Park, Hawthorn Hatch, and Carville Hall North Park.

Last month, the idverde team welcomed the Green Ambassadors from Year 3 to join in with some activities at the site.

The eight youngsters set about the task with great gusto, flattening clods of soil, removing weeds, and distributing mulch evenly over the beds, ensuring it was carefully placed around the shrubs.

Once the mulching was completed, the pupils were given an introduction to turfing by idverde’s Projects Supervisor Yanko, and his team. There was then just enough time for a quick team photo and a round of applause from the idverde construction team for the new Green Ambassadors. The idverde team also handed out some gardening gloves, trowels, and forks to the enthusiastic young volunteers, which will be put to good use in the school garden.

The work formed part of the Hounslow Active Spaces project, which sees idverde teaming up with Hounslow Council to encourage children and their families to be more active, promoting usage, community involvement and participation at parks across the borough.

Jane Cooper, Oak Hill Academy, said: “Thank you for this morning, the children had a fantastic time. It was a great experience for them.”

Andrew Kauffman, idverde’s Head of Greenspace Development, said of the project: “Thanks to the staff and Green Ambassadors from Oakhill Academy for supporting the Hounslow Active Spaces project at St Dunstan’s Park. We are so pleased the students enjoyed their morning with us. We know our green spaces are in safe hands for the future with the Oak Hill Academy Green Ambassadors on board!”

Alistair Bayford, idverde Operations Director, added: “The work with staff and Green Ambassadors from Oakhill Academy is just one example of our engagement with the local communities as part of the Hounslow Active Spaces Project, continuing the good work by Land Use Consultants.  The participation activities formed a key component to the delivery of the projects to get local people involved and improve community ownership of the projects once completed.  I’d like to think we’ve inspired the next generation of landscapers.”