A community garden in Birmingham in need of a big tidy, has been made over by a group of npower volunteers eager to help out.
The team of 13, led by Mohammed Ikhlaq, took time out of their work schedules and helped clear the gardens and path area of Castle Vale Allotments Community Garden.
In the past six years Community Environmental Trust has been developing a community garden within the Castle Vale Allotments. The project aims to enable residents, who would normally be unable to garden to take part in gardening in a safe and friendly environment with specially designed raised beds. It also aims to bring together different generations in an inspirational environment.
Mohammed said, “We had such a fantastic day and we were able to get all of the work done ready for the residents to enjoy. All of our muscles were aching but it was great when we had finished and being able to see the difference we had made.
”We enjoyed volunteering and being able to give something back to the community is a great feeling; we would all definitely volunteer again.”
Clare McDougall Head of Community added “Our employees are amazing at doing their bit - everyone in the company is allowed one day a year for fundraising or volunteering for charities and local community groups. So far this year 691 npower people have given their time - doing all sorts, from sponsored sky diving to buddy-up with people affected by cancer and helping with everyday tasks.
npower operates an extensive volunteering programme, run in partnership with Community Service Volunteers, providing opportunities for employees to develop their skills and make a positive contribution to their community. Over 20% of npower employees volunteer each year