Volunteering proves a hit in Leeds parks

Caption: (L-R) - Cllr Jack Dunn, with corporate volunteers from Zenith at Calverley Park.

Parks across the city have become a hub for corporate volunteering, thanks to an innovative partnership between Leeds City Council and local businesses.

In the last year, 1,847 days of work on parks and other green spaces in Leeds were undertaken by corporate volunteers made up of local businesses, charities and organisations, which are eager to become more involved in the improvement of their local environment, through a numbers of means including sponsorship.

As part of this initiative, a range of tasks have been carried out by corporate volunteers in a number of the cities’ parks. This has included the planting of flowers and shrubs and maintenance such as path resurfacing, the construction of steps and the cutting back of overhanging branches.

One such park to benefit from corporate volunteering is Calverley, which is sponsored by vehicle leasing and fleet management company, Zenith. Based in Calverley, employees from the company have planted an edible bed as part of a range of volunteer days they have undertaken.

Any group, organisation, charity or business which are interested in sponsoring or undertaking corporate volunteering at a Leeds park, are asked to contact the Leeds City Council’s parks and Countryside team on: (0113) 395 7400 or e-mail: parks@leeds.gov.uk for more details.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

"It is fantastic news that more and more of our city’s businesses, charities and organisations are becoming involved in caring for their green spaces.

"This really does make a difference, and provides great support to the tremendous efforts of the council’s Parks and Countryside team to keep our parks looking in great condition

"I would urge any local groups or businesses who may be interested in sponsoring or undertaking volunteer work at our parks to contact the council’s parks and countryside team for a chat."

Marisa Jerrison, Head of Human Resources and Development at Zenith said:

"We are always looking for new ways to give back to our local community. Calverley Park is close to our office and we were very pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside Leeds City Council and encourage the growth of edible plants.

"We have also enjoyed some great team building days through our involvement. We look forward to continuing this partnership into the future."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk