Stratford Park team bids “bienvenue” to work placement, Anne-Sophie

The Landscape Group idverde was pleased to welcome engineering student, Anne-Sophie Morere, on a four-month work placement over the summer.

Anne-Sophie hails from Bordeaux in France, and spent four days a week working at our Berkeley office helping with administration, plus one day a week at Stroud’s Stratford Park, where she has been working with the team on the development of biodiversity projects. These have included surveying flora in the park’s green corridors and wildflower bank, maintaining flower beds in the orangery and working on a planting scheme for the sensory garden. Anne-Sophie hopes to complete a learning module to incorporate into her studies when she returns to France in September.

The Landscape Group idverde’s Contract Supervisor, Mike McCrea has been working closely with Anne-Sophie during her time at Stratford Park, and is impressed with how well she has fitted in with the team, as well as her willingness to learn.

Surveying wild flora

Anne-Sophie (right) surveying flora on the wildflower bank with Laura

Mike says: “I have been working with Anne-Sophie since the end of May and she has kept me on my toes with a multitude of questions, from the cost of supplying and planting trees, to the mechanics of the tendering and pricing process. She has shown a keen eye for detail and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, which I have tried to address with my poor French!

“Having broken the language barrier, we have enjoyed having her here on her one day each week, and she has bonded well with the other staff.”

In Anne-Sophie’s own words: “These last weeks have been an opportunity for me to get an overview of the park and its maintenance management.

“I have been working with Mike’s team on different activities such as surveying flora with Laura in the green corridors and wildflower bank and I was also involved in the Sensory Garden project. We were generously helped by volunteers from Stroud Valley’s project for the preparation work and planting, and also building the new water feature. The Sensory Garden will be a special area devoted to awakening the senses. It will hopefully be a nice place for butterflies and insects as there will be coloured flowers to stimulate the eye and the pond with a fountain for the hearing. During my days in the office, I have also tried to work on a budget for biodiversity actions in the park.

“Mike and his team are constantly trying to work within specifications of biodiversity plans, for instance by maintaining green corridors, regularly planting native trees with volunteers, woodland management, projects like the Sensory Garden, creating new habitats for fauna and flora, trying to introduce bird species, installing nest boxes, recycling and composting green waste. These are all reasons why Stratford Park has retained its Green Flag status this year.

“I believe that Stratford Park is a success due not only to daily work, but also the complimentary skills within the team. Communication through the newsletter, and collaboration with the council, organisations and individuals and volunteers associated with the park are also essential because people are being informed and encouraged to care about biodiversity and the environment.”

On behalf of The Landscape Group idverde teams at Berkeley and Stratford Park, we would like to say thank you to Anne-Sophie for her contribution over the last four months, and wish her all the best for her future studies when she returns to France in September.

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