The Acre Foundation

Acre Volunteering - Round 2

Posted on 02 April 2014 by Georgia

Acre Volunteering - Round 2

Colleagues’ enthusiastic reports of their experience at London Wetlands Centre meant we all arrived eager to understand, and contribute to, an alternative side of London life. Greeted by the best of the British spring weather and David Cowmeadow, our highly knowledgeable and approachable manager for the day, we were not disappointed.

Debbie and Trish, the centre's volunteers, together with David, were our guides for the day

Armed with secateurs, saws and loppers, we were tasked with some heavy pruning in the area surrounding the pond at the centre’s entrance – a good excuse for Lydia and Joel to model some very attractive waders for Richard and I! Between some satisfying chopping and sawing, we were able to watch the otter feed and were given an inspiring and fascinating insight into the centre’s work, from Sir Peter Scott’s founding vision to today’s stimulating environment which espouses educational values and respect for nature.

Lydia and I tackling the brambles.

We recently published a news story following the National Council for Voluntary Organizations’ statement that CSR should be a core strategy for every business, not least SMEs. After our day at the Wetlands Centre, it’s not hard to see why: like our colleagues, we returned to the office with a fresh perspective and sustained enthusiasm for Acre’s role within the wider community, whilst (we hope!) the centre benefitted from our heartiest efforts to battle the brambles. Thank you to David, Debbie and Trish, and all the WWT London Wetlands Centre staff for rendering the day such a rewarding experience.

Joel battling the hedge.

Evidence of a hard day's work.