Leading property services and residential development business, Wates Construction has brought its national week-long volunteering event to Luton’s Lewsey Park.
The event for Wates’ annual Community and Conservation Week, held in association with The Community Volunteering Charity (TCV), saw 30 Wates employees from across the company’s Southern region down tools and travel to Luton to offer their help at an area of invaluable local importance.
Throughout the day’s activities, volunteers tended to 1,000 newly-planted trees, sowed in Lewsey Park by members of the Wates team back in February. The team also revisited an area of the park that saw Wates plant trees more than seven years ago.
Tasks included weeding, mulching, operating saws and handling wheelbarrows to ensure the newly planted trees remain healthy and continue to grow properly.
The green-fingered volunteers also removed lower branches from the older trees and cleared moldy brambles. Now mature, these trees will be made accessible to the community as a public woodland.
Wates’ Community and Conservation Week is focused on supporting environmental community projects across the UK and aims to encourage employees to support local projects and activities that are close to their hearts. Throughout the week, a total of 300 Wates team members gave up their time to support community initiatives across the UK.
Ian Vickers, Managing Director of Wates Construction Home Counties, commented:
“We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved here in Lewsey Park over the years, creating a brand new woodland for the benefits of both local residents and wildlife habitats. Coming here as part of our annual Community and Conservation Week was another opportunity to contribute to its longevity and demonstrates Wates’ commitment to not only making a difference but also maintaining positive change.
“As a family-owned business, we lead the industry in our efforts to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Taking time out from our busy day jobs to lend a hand reminds us what can be achieved when people come together for the greater good.”
Peter Hutchings, Corporate Partnership Manager at TCV, said:
“It’s fantastic to welcome Wates back to Lewsey Park, it shows a real commitment to not only planting trees but to care from them in their critical early years to ensure they establish well and have long future ahead. Making a valuable contribution to reducing carbon near the busy M1. The new community woodland will be an asset to wildlife, creating new homes for nature as well as improving the park for residents and the many visitors.”