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Cambridge City Council

Summer celebration to mark green volunteer achievements

News release from 23 August 2021

CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL’s environmental volunteers held a summer get together on Saturday, 14 August to celebrate their achievements over the past year.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, council environmental volunteers have actively participated in helping to keep the city’s parks, streets and other public spaces clean, safe and green.

Council environmental volunteers from across the city met at Nightingale Garden to celebrate their achievements and to discuss and plan upcoming opportunities and projects for the coming year.

To date, the council has recruited over 250 environmental volunteers, who undertake a range of valuable activities and tasks, including:

• Neighbourhood litter and graffiti patrols (for individual volunteers)
• Group litter picks of key public sites
• Group park bench renovation and railing painting
• Biodiversity projects such as building insect hotels and cutting hedgehog holes
• Tree work including weeding, watering and mulching
• Green team projects such as helping set up community spaces and gardens

Cllr Alex Collis, Executive Councillor for Open Spaces, Sustainable Food and Community Wellbeing said: “We’re lucky in Cambridge to have such wonderful open spaces, that are so well kept and provide a real haven for us all to visit and enjoy.
“These have never been more important than over the past year and a half and have boosted many people’s mental health during a stressful time.”

“The quality of our city’s parks, streets and other public spaces is down to the hard work of our dedicated staff and growing band of residents who volunteer their time, like the people I met this weekend at our celebratory get together. 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 those volunteers for everything they do.”

The council is looking to recruit and support more environmental volunteers to help it look after and care for the city’s parks, streets and other public spaces. All volunteers are given the necessary training and support and can earn time credits, where every hour of involvement earns a one-hour time credit – which can be spent in places like cinemas, gyms, swimming pools or music venues.

If you are interested in finding out more about the council’s range of environmental volunteering opportunities, please visit https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/streets-and-open-spaces-volunteers or call 01223 458084.