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15th May 2023 - General Catchment

West Cumbria Rivers Trust invites Businesses to ‘go green’

Over March and April, West Cumbria Rivers Trust has been working with Cumbria Nuclear Solutions Ltd to offer corporate volunteering opportunities as teambuilding exercises. Between six and 14 volunteers were involved at each of the sessions over five days.

The award-winning West Cumbria Rivers Trust got the team to put their green fingers to the test by planting hedges, building hazel fences, planting wildflowers and clearing scrub. The works were all centred around Walkmill Community Woodland near Whitehaven – a haven for wildlife and prized community asset. Their work has helped stop the spread of non-native invasive species (curly waterweed) by enclosing a pond with a hazel fence and helped to restore a meadow which will be beautiful when complete.

CNSL is a partnership of six organisations – J F Nuclear, REACT Engineering Ltd,Shepley Engineers Ltd, Jacobs Ltd, Westinghouse Electric Company and Tetra Tech Europe.

A Spokesperson for the consortium said: “Apart from feeling we have made an important contribution to the local community and its natural environment and as well as being an excellent team building opportunity, our volunteering for West Cumbria Rivers Trust has actually been a fantastic networking event. We had a mixture of people from all six organisations and we all got along like a house on fire and enjoyed several fabulous days outdoors together. We are absolutely certain that there will be tangible benefits for the companies initiated from the relationships that were formed during our volunteering days.” 

Sarah Clarke, Volunteer Co-ordinator for West Cumbria Rivers Trust said:

“Helping a team to connect with each other through conservation work is a great win for everyone. We know that being close to nature relieves stress and gives people a sense of wellbeing. These volunteer days can help build better team morale, give people the opportunity to work together and know that what they are doing is not only benefitting nature but also the local community. We’re now inviting other businesses to ‘go green’ and volunteer as part of their team building exercises - it’s great fun.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust offers great opportunities for corporate volunteering. Organisations can plan an environmental leave day and use it as a great team-builder exercise, learn more about the natural environment and the Trust’s work and do their bit for nature and a local community by getting involved in hands-on conservation work. The Trust can provide a bespoke package to suit the size of your team and activities can vary depending on the time of year. More information can be found at westcumbriariverstrust.org or by contacting Sarah Clarke on sarahclarke@westcumbriariverstrust.org