Deloitte Volunteering Day

Contributed kindly by Martin Heath

chair of the Friends of Belair Park:

On October 5 2012, corporate volunteers from Deloitte tackled a series of essential tasks for the New Leaf charity and also in Belair Park, where they assisted the Friends by carrying out practical management work on the Lakeside Wildlife Walk. We thank Deloitte for their significant contribution to these valuable community projects and also for the efficiency and good humour of their staff.

Organising the day involved a flurry of emails and its success was ensured by the hard work of John Cannell of Embrace, Ian Carruthers, who works with corporate volunteers, Bruno Lacey of New Leaf and Johanna Mortlock of Deloitte. Friends’ Chair Martin Heath liaised with all parties on behalf of the Friends.

On the day, John Cannell oversaw work in the field, and we were grateful also to Paul Bond of the London Borough of Southwark for making available the Recreation Rooms in Gallery Road, so that volunteers could have access to kitchen facilities and have a safe place to store personal belongings.

The day began with warm sunny spells in the morning, but by the afternoon, grey rolls of cloud were filling the sky, and rain arrived not long after the volunteers had finished.

The New Leaf botanical garden area, beside West Dulwich railway station, lies on a slope, which can become slippery and difficult to negotiate in wetter weather. The volunteers used logs and bricks to construct a pathway across the muddy parts of the slope. This has substantially improved safety and access. Others planted bulbs, whilst some worked in the shop, sorting out and shelving books which had been donated to the charity.

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