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Volunteers sought for environmental projects

Published on Monday, April 24, 2017

VOLUNTEERING opportunities helping to improve the city and county’s parks and open spaces will be on offer next month.

Volunteer 4 Good is aimed particularly at people aged over 50 who would like to get involved with local environmental projects.

Activities including community gardening, litter-picking, tidying towpaths and improving access to woodland will be available across the city and county.

There are also some more unusual projects to get involved in, such as GreenLife boat sessions along the river to pick up litter, helping to manage the crayfish population in our waterways and creating wheelchair-friendly woodchip paths.

The opportunities are available on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May.

Victoria Hudson, community development manager at Leicester City Council, said: “We’ve got a huge range of environmental volunteering opportunities available. These can be a great way to meet new people, learn a new skill and do something positive to improve your local environment.

“Although these opportunities are aimed primarily at over-50s, we’re always keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to help us improve the environment.

“We have opportunities available that are suitable for people with limited mobility too. Our aim is to offer lots of different activities so that as wide a range of people as possible can get involved.”  

Stewart Doughty, the city council’s head of parks and open spaces, added: “These opportunities give people a chance to try out volunteering and see how enjoyable it can be. They might then go on to decide to join our Park Force or other regular volunteering groups.

“We’ve put together these taster days with a wide range of partners to maximize the opportunities available to participate. We want people to know about the huge range of different activities that they can get involved in. Individually and as a community, we can all reap the benefits of volunteering.”

Volunteers will be invited to take part in regular follow-up activities if they wish, meeting up with others they have made friends with.

 For more information or to register, call 0116 454 4469 or visit: https://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/communications/v4g

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