Volunteering to Provide New Homes for Local Wildlife
It’s great to get in on a project early especially when you have a suspicion that it could grow into something big! That’s why we were really keen to get involved in organising a volunteering event on behalf of the ‘Friends of Halsey Fields’.
The volunteers set themselves up to transform what had been the site of a derelict school into a nature reserve to be used by the community and they needed help with some maintenance works on the site.
Osborne has been working in partnership with Dacorum since 2014 delivering a total asset management programme across the borough. The partnership is committed to developing relationships that benefit the local community, improving facilities and thrive on bringing people together. Volunteering is a huge part of this.
So, along with colleagues from Dacorum Borough Council Housing, we spent a good day cutting down ash trees and clearing other scrub which will encourage wildflowers to flourish and make the site more habitable for a range of wild animals.
Once it officially opens later this year, the group will make the site available for visits from local schools and other community groups.
Chris, member of the group commented; “I just wanted to say a big thank you again to you and your team for all the help you gave us today. You really have made a big difference …I am so pleased that the majority of Ash trees on the site have now been cut down, so we should see more flowers than ever blooming in the field next summer. I do hope some of your volunteers will be able to enjoy the cowslips, orchids, teasels etc. and the bees and butterflies to go with them, over the spring and summer.”
Carol Bailey, Managing Director of Osborne Property Services said: “We are delighted to be supporting Friends of Halsey Fields on their nature reserve transformation. This is a huge team effort and once the project is complete, the benefits will be far reaching with many community and school groups having the opportunity for outdoor environmental learning.”
Osborne will be heading back to join Halsey Fields to continue works on this initiative to see it through to the grand opening in the spring.