Volunteers act to transform Common

October 30 2015

SMART office attire was replaced with old jeans and wellies when staff from real estate company Colliers International set about transforming Horfield Common.

SMART office attire was replaced with old jeans and wellies when staff from real estate company Colliers International set about transforming Horfield Common.

Over 30 volunteers spent a day undertaking activities including vegetation clearance, improving a pond, planting bulbs and flowers, and painting fences and wooden cafe tables.

The work, which was carried out in conjunction with the Friends of Horfield Common group, was undertaken as part of Colliers International’s commitment to contribute positively to the communities in which the business operates.

Sam Thomson, chair of the Friends of Horfield Common, who co-ordinated the project along with wildlife specialist Steve England and Sarah Tyler from Bristol City Council, commented: “We are immensely grateful to Colliers International for their efforts. Their work has allowed us to accelerate significantly the work we’re doing at the Common, and their contribution will be really appreciated by the local community.”

Tim Davies, head of the Colliers International Bristol office, said: “The willingness of our staff to roll up their sleeves and get involved is a testament to our positive engagement in the city in which we live and work.”

The work by the volunteers from Colliers International added to the wider on-going activities at Horfield Common – an Avon Wildlife Trust 'My Wild Park' demonstration site, assisted by some Bristol European Green Capital 2015 funding – and is intended to provide a wildlife and biodiversity model which can be replicated in other parks across the city.