EUROVIA WARMS HEARTS AT WARMLEY FOREST PARK

The community of South Gloucestershire are continuing to benefit from Eurovia’s volunteering, two years down the line at Warmley Forest Park. The park - a public green space with woodland, scrub and open grassland, features a skate park, scout hut and the Siston Brook - is a popular destination for local visitors.

A group of ten Eurovia staff members spent a day in the community in the summer of 2010, rebuilding the steps from the Scout Hut, removing vegetation from the Railway Platform, tidying the concrete plants and clearing the Siston Brook path of brambles and overgrown branches, in conjunction with South Gloucestershire Council.

Following the initial work, in October 2010 they were invited back to take part in a ‘volunteer day’ in conjunction with South Gloucestershire Streetcare and Lafarge. Together, they helped create a community garden at the site of the listed signal box. This included clearing it to create the borders for the new garden, building wooden planters and filling them with topsoil to create raised beds for people to plant. They also laid a membrane and put down gravel to create pathways through the garden.

“The Warmley space is being used extremely well and people really appreciate it,” said Katherine Kearns, Partnerships and Delivery Officer at South Gloucestershire Council. “It’s become a real favourite with locals and passers-by and a lovely place to stop while walking or cycling. The garden is tended by Siston and Warmley Community Gardens group who are joined every week by a group of adults with learning difficulties who love to visit and spend time both gardening and chatting.”

She added: “The area has been put to great use with events, such as our ‘Bandstand Marathon’ recently, where all across the country there was free music in the afternoon to mark the end of the Olympics. We used the community garden as our music venue and it went down a treat! We had lots of people singing along and constant comments about how lovely the garden is. Without Eurovia building the garden, none of this would have been possible.”

At Eurovia it is important for us to give back to the local community and take part in a charity volunteer day each year,” says Penny Teall, a Eurovia employee. “The Community Garden at Warmley was extremely hard work but the benefits to the local people make it all worthwhile. We have had great feedback about how the gardens are being used. I personally always enjoy organising these days, as I can see the satisfaction work colleagues get from achieving each task and the pleasure it gives the different groups to actually see jobs they would never have been able to achieve on their own, finally being completed.”

Part of Eurovia’s Corporate Responsibility policy allows employees to spend two days per annum in the community on volunteering projects. In 2011, Eurovia restored a children’s play area for children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, for a local charity. This year, they will be helping the friends of Lincombe Barn to clear Britannia Wood in Downend, Bristol.

Editors’ Notes:

About Eurovia: Part of one of the leading European providers of transport and infrastructure services, and part of the VINCI Group, Eurovia UK incorporates Eurovia contracting and production businesses and Ringway, a leader in local authority highway and environmental service contracts.

For further information, please visit www.eurovia.co.uk or contact either Joanne Barnett, Group Communications Officer, Eurovia tel: 01403 215866 or email: joanne.barnett@eurovia.co.uk or Alexandra Azrak, Wildwood PR, tel: 01293 851115 or email alexandra.azrak@wildwoodpr.com.

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