Volunteers help to create Horfield Common garden

September 30 2016

Staff from the Bristol office of commercial property specialist, Colliers International, have spent a day away from the office making a difference at Horfield Common.

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Staff from the Bristol office of commercial property specialist, Colliers International, have spent a day away from the office making a difference at Horfield Common.

The work, which was carried out in conjunction with the Friends of Horfield Common (FoHC) community group, included installing fencing to create a new wildlife garden as part of the Friends' five-year wildlife and biodiversity plan, which has been developed with Avon Wildlife Trust as part of the 'My Wild City' project.

Volunteers from Colliers International helped to maintain the new hedgerow planted by FoHC volunteers over the winter 2015, and helped to refurbish a shipping container at the Cafe on the Common, a community business set up by the Friends' group to provide an indoor seating area.

They also worked with members of the Ardagh Shed Men group - a project for older men in the local area - to make bird and bat boxes to support delivery of the wildlife plan, as well as making planters and furniture for the Ardagh gardens which are being reinstated by volunteers from the Friends' gardening group.

Tim Davies, Head of the Colliers International Bristol Office, said: “This day of volunteering at Horfield Common enabled our staff to build upon the work that they undertook last year, while also continuing to engage in the community in which we are based.”

Sam Thomson, chair of the Friends of Horfield Common, who co-ordinated the project along with vice-chair Fiona Wright and FoHC volunteers, commented: “It is wonderful to see the new wildlife garden already taking shape and to have help to look after the new hedgerows and gardens. The whole group worked incredibly hard - hats off to them!”