The Acre Foundation

Take me to the river

Posted on 20 September 2012 by James

Take me to the river

As part of the Acre Foundation programme, Lydia and I recently began the first of what will hopefully be a long-term volunteer relationship with Thames21 – an urban environmental charity, working with the community to enhance and protect rivers and canals.

Like a five-star resort, our comfort was of the highest concern to Si and the team as we were welcomed into the Thames21 family. We were led along the banks of the river Lea to the project we would be working on – the restoration of the old lock house’s garden – now a Thames21 office building. We were told that the project started from scratch, and initially the sharps bin came in very handy with a number of needles they had to remove.

Although a cliché, the project really is about the journey as well as the destination. The infectious feeling of relaxation, goodwill and happiness generated from everyone who steps foot on the site is amazing and a welcome tonic to the bad news which sells newspapers.

James gets stuck in Lydia and the Thames 21 team

Thames21 and this project is proof that people from all walks of life can come together to create good without being driven by money. In addition cooperation can, and does, generate the best outcome – and competition is not the only way to achieve a particular goal. It’s interesting that these are also two critical elements we continually hear about from clients as being the key to the future of corporate sustainability