Quadron idverde, the London Borough of Southwark and Groundwork London were delighted to welcome a group of 40 volunteers from PwC to Southwark Park on Friday 20th May 2016.

The event, which saw PwC staff from the Global Mobility and PA’s functions give their time to support local community projects, was organised through PwC’s nominated charity, Groundwork.

The group was welcomed on site by Daniel Brittle, Groundwork’s Senior Community Project Officer, who gave an overview of the day.  Andy Robinson, Quadron idverde Development Manager, and Jon Best, Southwark Ecology Officer then provided an overview of the park, conservation initiatives within the borough, and a context to the tasks to be undertaken. The volunteers were then split into five teams and relocated to their task areas for a Health and Safety briefing and detailed instructions on their work for the day.

Two teams, led by Quadron idverde Head Gardener, Lynne Olding, Gardener, Kieron Lee, and Andrea Pita from Southwark Council worked in the formal flower beds adjacent to the park entrance.  This involved uprooting spent bulbs and polyanthus, sorting and bagging for transplanting and digging over the beds in preparation for re-planting.

Two further teams, led by Jon Best and Daniel Brittle, worked in the park’s nature area, clearing invasive species and re-packing ‘bug hotels’ with habitat material.

The final team, led by Quadron idverde’s Andy Robinson, revitalised an area of conservation border by digging over the ground and re-planting with the recycled plants removed from the formal flower beds and installing a new stag beetle loggery.

All the teams worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals for the day and completed the tasks to a very high standard.

Andy Robinson, Quadron idverde Development Manager, commented, “This really was a fantastic demonstration of co-operative working.  Everyone from Groundwork, London Borough of Southwark, Quadron idverde and PwC pulled together to organise a fantastic day of activities.  The PwC teams’ commitment, dedication and hard work shone through and they achieved a fantastic result, delivering real added-value to this popular community park.”

Jon Best, Southwark Ecology Officer, said, “Southwark Council thanks the volunteers from PwC for a great day and bringing such a positive attitude and enthusiasm on the day.

“They achieved more than we hoped for and have helped enhance nature in Southwark Park, well done”.

Andrea Pita from Southwark Council’s Parks team said, “It was a great team building day from my perspective for Parks and Quadron. The volunteer girls were an amazing bunch, all in all a wonderful day in the sunshine. Let’s do more in Southwark Park soon.”