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Second national award for parks’ volunteering scheme

Published on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A VOLUNTEERING scheme organised by the city council’s parks department has won its second national award.


Leicester Environmental Volunteers, which matches people to volunteering opportunities at parks, rivers and open spaces, has won a Keep Britain Tidy award for community engagement.


Since launching in May 2015, the scheme is engaging nearly 6,000 people donate more than 58,000 hours of their time annually.


Opportunities to get involved include going out with the council’s Green Lifeboat to pick up river litter, improving and cleaning community spaces, installation of pathways in place of desire lines, habitat creation, hedge laying, pond improvements and much more.


Staff from Leicester City Council’s community development team were presented with the award at a glitzy Keep Britain Tidy awards ceremony last week.


Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair, who is responsible for parks, leisure and sports, said: “This is fantastic news and further recognition for this very successful project.


“We’re very lucky to have so many community-minded people who want to get involved in looking after our natural environment, parks and green spaces. This award is for them.


“It is also for our hugely committed community development team. Making such a wide range of volunteering opportunities available, leading sessions and encouraging more people to take part is no mean feat. I congratulate them on this recognition of their hard work.”


Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: “Each year, our award winners show just what is possible when people have the passion and commitment to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep.


“This year is no exception and I would like to congratulate Leicester Environmental Volunteers and thank them all for their incredible work.”


This is the second national award won by the parks’ community development team for the Leicester Environmental Volunteers project. In October last year, they picked up an award for innovation from the Association for Public Service Excellence.