Six members of staff recently took part in a conservation day run by HandsOn London at Burgess Park in Southwark.
The team of volunteers – comprising Laura Fermoso, Anna Kealey, Noelia Navarro, Rosie O'Brien, Denise O'Leary and Tegan Wright – spent the day clearing weeds from an area of recently-planted woodland within the 56 hectare, public park.
A total of 2,420 trees were planted earlier in the year to create a new woodland area but it had become completely overgrown by weeds which were threatening to prevent growth. The volunteers were tasked with locating the young trees in the undergrowth, untangling the weeds and clearing the space around them.
In addition to arranging environmental projects at various parks around London, HandsOn also provide volunteering opportunities supporting the homeless, sheltered housing and the elderly. McBains volunteers have previously taken part in a HandsOn London virtual dial-in session with a group of elderly people unable to attend their community centre during lockdown.
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