WORKERS from six McDonald’s restaurants across the area joined forces to give something back to the community.
Staff from Fareham, Havant, Gosport, Cosham and Portsmouth stores met to spruce up a community garden in Portsmouth Road, Cosham.
Formerly owned by a local children’s group, the space is behind the Cosham restaurant and was in need of a little TLC.
The volunteers were keen to refresh the site and provide a space for locals to gather and enjoy.
Franchisee Grant Copper, who owns and operates the McDonald’s restaurants said: ‘I was really proud to see everyone come together and help the community of Cosham.
‘It’s a key priority of ours to ensure that the spaces around our restaurants remain an enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
‘As a business, we understand the important role that we play in making the area a better place.’
The restaurant chain is known for being involved in community work and runs a Love Where You Live initiative.
Staff patrol their local areas at least three times a day to collect discarded rubbish.
Altogether the staff cover a total of 3,000 miles a week on their litter walks.
Staff also recently volunteered in Waterlooville to repaint areas of The Rowans Hospice.
The Cosham garden renovation project has inspired staff to run a weekly gardening club for residents in the new-look space. Locals can attend to learn new skills.
Chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy Allison Ogden-Newton said: ‘McDonald’s Love Where You Live initiative, together with their commitment and their litter patrols is an example of how a business can make a real difference.’