On 9 and 10 March Aston staff and students participated in a volunteer challenge at the Kingfisher Project in the Cole Valley.
The Kingfisher Project runs between Small Heath and Shard End Birmingham, a distance of 7 miles. This corridor of green space is much valued for recreation and wildlife has much potential for improvement.
The Students' Guild kindly lent us a minibus to get to and from the site and Community Service Volunteers (CSV) Environment hosted the challenge providing tools, materials, training and ensured risk assessments and health and safety were covered so staff and students could get stuck straight in to the conservation tasks.
Over the two days we constructed and placed 7 benches, planted a large stretch of hedging by the canal, cleared a lot of litter and thinned trees alongside the path. The dense growth of these trees was worrying the locals as they could be used by potentially threatening people as a hiding place.
Everyone who volunteered had a very positive attitude and carried out the physical work with enthusiasm. Guy Dixon, Operations Manager at CSV Environment, was highly impressed with the amount that Aston volunteers achieved in the two day period.
This challenge was part of the Staff Volunteering Scheme. There will be two more environment challenge events this year. The next one will be at the Mini-Eden Project in Kitts Green so please keep an eye out in Aspects for more details or contact Chantal De-Silva Staff Volunteering Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org ext 4604.
Words by Chantal De-Silva