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Black Mountain Systems do a spot of spring cleaning in Bankside

Bankside and You Success Story
A team of 15 volunteers helped spruce up two local green spaces with some help from Better Bankside and Quadron
Josephine Clarke
Marketing Officer

They say there's nothing better than a good spring clean to get a head start on the hectic season of summer. This certainly rings true when it comes to preparing Bankside's green spaces, ready to be enjoyed by the local community.

Thanks to the hard work of fifteen volunteers from software company, Black Mountain Systems, they recently helped brighten up Colombo Sports Ground and St. George's Churchyard Garden.

Dedicating their own time during office hours, Black Mountain Systems split into two groups and managed to achieve some significant improvements in just one day! From pruning hedge boundaries, to some much needed litter picking, read all about their fantastic gardening efforts below.

Colombo Sports Ground

The Colombo Sports Centre is a local gym facility which sets out to make a measurable difference to the health and wellbeing in the community. Just outside the sports centre is an outdoor green space which  required some urgent TLC.  

Under the guidance of Better Bankside's Urban Gardener, Veronica Perez Diaz, the first group of seven volunteers eagerly got to work. Their main aim was to help improve pedestrian access to the area, which they achieved by pruning back overgrown shrubs and borders. They also carried out a great amount of litter picking.

St. George's Churchyard Garden

The second  group of eight volunteers were paired up with Quadron - an award winning specialist Green Space management company. St George's Churchyard is a popular park serving the local community at lunch times, which made it an ideal target location for the volunteers.

With Quadron leading the gardening activity, the group embarked on a day of litter picking, pruning ornamental shrubs and weeding the flower beds.  They managed to clear 4 tonne bags of green waste and litter from the site, which truly shows their hard work.

The volunteers at Black Mountain Systems  made a visible impact in terms of improving these two green spaces. Not only did their work benefit the local community, it also provided them with a fantastic team-building opportunity.

If your organisation would like to get involved and volunteer in Bankside, why not get in touch and contact Josephine Clarke at jc [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: volunteering)

May 23 2016