South Marston Parish Council were delighted to receive some help from employee volunteers this September. A team of 8 keen and enthusiastic Nationwide employees spent the day performing some crucial maintenance at St Julian’s Community Wood in South Marston.
St Julian’s Wood was officially opened in September 2011 and continues to shine as an excellent example of a community woodland, encapsulating the true spirit of coming together. Volunteer support is absolutely critical to sustaining the wood, which is home to a rich mixture of trees, insects and other animals such as foxes and roe deer.
A surprise Indian Summer helped to keep spirits high and the team enjoyed performing a range of tasks including digging, lopping, weeding and clearance. Claire Gladwyn, who organised the day on behalf of her team said: “Feedback from my colleagues is that the day went very well and they had a great time; they all loved it. In fact, they said it was by far the best team volunteering day they’ve had to date! Barry and Alison were also great and did a fab job in looking after everyone.”
South Marston Councillor Barry Thunder gave a heartfelt thank you to the team: “Your entire team were a dream to work with. Lots of energy and most willing to take on all the tasks we asked you to do. We all enjoyed the time with you all and thank each and every one of you for bringing so much fun and enthusiasm to the day. The wood is looking a brighter place thanks to your hard work.”