Volunteer staff were treated to a Christmas bonfire lunch by the maintenance team at Brentwood Borough Council to thank them for their hard work over the past year.
Countryside management volunteers meet up every week on one of the council’s countryside sites around Brentwood to carry out tasks like path clearing, litter picking, clearing invasive trees, tackling conservation issues and maintaining habitats and managing the woodlands.
Volunteers from the Cemetery Gates horticultural project work at the old growing nursery at London Road Cemetery. The project offers local people, including those with learning disabilities, an opportunity to develop new skills within the local community. Throughout the year they have carried out regular plant sales, plant the borough’s summer hanging baskets as well as other fund-raising events.
In December the volunteers tidied the Hartswood Tip site, including clearing invasive trees and litter picking and then had a jacket potato and chilli lunch by the bonfire.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Environment and Enforcement Committee, Councillor Keith Parker, said: “Our countryside volunteers meet every week to give their time up for the community. They do so much to keep our borough looking beautiful.
“We have supported the volunteers from the Gates project for their events over the past year, from plant sales to their fundraising work.
“This was our way of thanking them for giving up their time to support the community. We were delighted to be able to show our appreciation for their work in this way.”
If you would like to join the countryside management volunteers, please contact Tracey Lynch, Grounds Manager on 01277 312500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.