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Volunteering to play gooseberries!

13 Sep 2019

In the second of our volunteering days, eight intrepid staff from Silvey Fleet and Silvey Fuels donned wellies and garden gloves to tackle the fruit gardens at Cherry Orchards Camphill Community. This quiet estate, nestling on the side of Blaise Castle in Westbury on Trym, provides valuable respite care and ongoing support for adults recovering from mental health issues.

Upon arrival our volunteering staff were tasked with clearing one of the many fruit gardens Cherry Orchards has. Having dug up and removed old gooseberry bushes, they had to work together to dig and site fence posts that would support netting to ensure a fresh crop of gooseberries next year. The team also spent time planting new bushes and weeding the gardens.

“A huge thank you to Cherry Orchards for hosting our volunteers,” says marketing manager, Lucy Thomson. “When we asked our own staff, what causes they wanted to support with their volunteering, mental health charities were the second highest to be requested.

It has been gratifying to be able to support a local Bristol based charity and know that the work we have done today will hopefully bear fruit next year!”

The day was organised by employee volunteering who also arranged a volunteering day at HorseWorld, a local charity caring for abandoned or mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys.

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