CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL environmental volunteers hosted a summer get-together on Saturday August 14 to celebrate their accomplishments over the past year.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the council’s environmental volunteers have been actively involved in helping to keep the city’s parks, streets and other public spaces clean, safe and green.
Council environmental volunteers from across the city gathered at Nightingale Garden to celebrate their accomplishments and to discuss and plan upcoming opportunities and projects for the coming year.
To date, the board has recruited over 250 environmental volunteers, who undertake a range of useful activities and tasks, including:
â¢ Litter and graffiti patrols in the neighborhood (for individual volunteers)
â¢ Grouping of waste choices from key public sites
â¢ Renovation of group park bench and painting of railings
â¢ Biodiversity projects such as building insect hotels and cutting holes for hedgehogs
â¢ Work on trees, including weeding, watering and mulching
â¢ Green team projects such as helping to create community spaces and gardens
Cllr Alex Collis, Executive Advisor for Open Spaces, Sustainable Food and Community Wellbeing, said: âWe are fortunate in Cambridge to have such wonderful open spaces, which are so well maintained and are a true haven for all of us to visit and enjoy.
âThese have never been more important than in the past year and a half and have improved the mental health of many people during a stressful time. “
âThe quality of our city’s parks, streets and other public spaces is due to the hard work of our dedicated staff and the growing group of residents who volunteer their time, like the people I met this weekend during of our celebratory meeting. Someone said to me “It’s not much, I just give an hour here and there”, but that occasional hour makes a real difference. Thank you to all these volunteers for everything they do.
The council is looking to recruit and support more environmental volunteers to help it look after the city’s parks, streets and other public spaces. All volunteers receive the necessary training and support and can earn time credits, where every hour of involvement earns one hour’s time credit – which can be spent in places like movie theaters, gyms, swimming pools or concert halls.
If you would like to learn more about the board’s range of environmental volunteering opportunities, please visit https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/streets-and-open-spaces-volunteers or call 01223 458084.