Brentwood Borough Council’s ground maintenance staff got into the festive spirit by holding a Christmas bonfire lunch for volunteers to thank them for their work over the past year.
Every week the Countryside Management Volunteers meet up at one of the Council’s countryside sites around Brentwood to carry out tasks like litter picking, clearing paths, clearing invasive trees, managing the woodlands and maintaining habitats.
Staff and clients of the Cemetery Gates horticultural project work at the old growing nursery at London Road Cemetery. The project offers local people, including those with learning difficulties, an opportunity to develop new skills within the 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.
On Wednesday 19th December the two groups met at Hartswood Tip site and cleared the invasive trees, litter picked and then had lunch by the bonfire.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Environment and Enforcement Committee, said: “Our volunteers give their time every week to help in the community. Their work helps keep Brentwood borough looking beautiful. This was our little way of saying thank you to our volunteers for giving their time to support the community.”