Volunteer scheme helps transform nursery gardens

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STAFF members from Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, volunteered to take part in Community First’s Employee Volunteering Scheme.

The team got their hands dirty as they helped to clear out the gardens at Park Families’ Surestart Centre Nursery in Warren Park, Havant.

Park Families is a charity which provides facilities for recreational and leisure facilities.

It works in the interests of social welfare and aims to improve health, social and emotional wellbeing.

Open 51 weeks of the year from 8am to 6pm, The Surestart Centre needs lots of care and maintenance.

To prepare gardens for the winter, it is necessary to cut back bushes and trees and clear out overgrown flowerbeds.

The site has many small garden areas which needed clearing. Trees and bushes had become overgrown and the nursery gardens needed weeding.

Staff at Pfizer volunteered to clear the areas, making the gardens more attractive and ready for use.

Employees at the firm have made good use of the Community First scheme, having been involved in many projects run by the organisation.

Park Families expressed their delight after seeing the newly transformed garden areas. Manager Alison Henry said: ‘This support is really appreciated.

‘I would like to thank Pfizer on behalf of all the children and families that can now use the garden.’

For more information on how you can get involved in the volunteering scheme, contact rachel.taylor@cfirst.org.uk or call 0300 500 8085.