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Spotlight on our supporters this Volunteer’s Week

2 June 2017

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As the charity for London’s eight amazing Royal Parks, we rely on volunteers to help support our exciting work, which we wouldn’t be able to do without them.

That’s why this Volunteer’s Week – and every week – we say a huge thank you to the people who share their invaluable time and skills with us.

Our volunteers help us in so many different ways, from education volunteers who share their love of nature with inner city children, to work experience students helping school groups in our classrooms. We also have a growing group of ‘citizen scientists’ who roll up their sleeves to help us investigate and protect the creatures that call the parks their home. And our corporate volunteers who leave their desks behind to get out into the fresh air and care for our precious green spaces.

Benugo corporate volunteers

Last year 330 amazing corporate volunteers from 6 companies spent 20 days helping out in the parks.

Benugo, the café and restaurant company, sponsor a conservation zone in Hyde Park. This provides them with a number of volunteer days throughout the year. We encourage companies to sponsor their own zone in the parks, so employees can really take ownership and see it blossom throughout the year!Corporate volunteers Benugo

Tim Axe, commercial director at Benugo, says of the experience:

“The chance to get our hands dirty in the outdoors was a real treat, and a really rewarding experience for the whole team. We’ve sponsored a whole zone, so we’ve had the opportunity to send multiple groups down to the area to help clear and plant it over several days so far this year. To get out of our everyday roles and work together has been a huge collaborative effort and is already a source of immense pride. Giving back to an organisation as prestigious, and yet as accessible to all, as the Royal Parks is a wonderful opportunity – that’s what makes it so meaningful to us.”

Citizen scientist

Tim Matthews is one of our citizen scientists. He first rolled up his sleeves to get involved with some hands-on science in the parks three years ago. Since then he’s helped our prickly pals in Regent’s Park as a ‘hedgehog hero’ and through our Mission: Invertebrate project.Tim Matthews - hedgehog hero

Tim says:

“I got involved after walking to work one morning and seeing a hedgehog in Regent’s Park. Through a friend I was recruited to become a ‘hedgehog hero’ back in 2014. I absolutely recommend volunteering in the Royal Parks. It’s interesting to educate yourself and enjoyable because you know you’re contributing to a worthy project. Another fun thing is meeting people and making friends along the way.”

Thank you

Thank you once again to all of our volunteers – past, present and future. Every hour you give means so much to the people and wildlife that benefit from our projects.

Are you keen to get involved? That’s great! You can find out how on our volunteers page. Or visit the Royal Parks website for details on corporate volunteering and becoming a citizen scientist.