Weston volunteers in good company

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By Carol_Deacon | Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 14:09

Community volunteers rolled their sleeves up tocomplete a number of tasks around Weston-super-Mare town centre this month.

On Tuesday staff from Weston's new Premier Inn and Brewer's Fayre worked in groups of between eight and 10 on a variety of jobs, co-ordinated by North Somerset Council. 

They were supported by Somerset Wood Recycling's Green Team and the Town Centre Management Team who took away green waste and helped supply materials and tools.

Two groups worked in Grove Park, tidying up the rockery and clearing paths, some clearance of Jill's Garden and litter picking; another group helped move six planters from the High St to the forecourt of the railway station with the assistance of the Weston in Bloom group; while a fourth team tackled litter and leaf clearance in Clarence Park and also removed a leylandii hedge which will allow a new hedge containing native species to grow.

North Somerset Council chairman Terry Porter said that the volunteers provide a valuable service and shows they are willing to roll up their sleeves and do something for their area.

The Kewtoke councillor said: "I really do want to thank all the volunteer groups for the support they give to their local communities. 

"It is very welcome and something we are very keen to encourage as it helps make the area a better place to live."

Sarah Aplin, of Premier Inn, said the day provided a great opportunity for staff to get together for some team building and doing something which also benefits the local area.

She said: "As a company that is part of the community and which has recruited locally, it is important we give something back and work towards making the town inviting for visitors and something we can all be proud of."

North Somerset Council would like to hear from companies who are interested in helping in a similar way. 

Email katie.spencer@n-somerset.gov.uk to register your interest or to find out more.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer locally. 

For ideas visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/volunteering

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