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Calling all green fingers

Green fingers are needed to help keep parks in tip-top condition.

Leicester City Council is searching for volunteers to look after the city’s parks, nature reserves and green spaces.

People of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to take part in the project, which involves maintenance work, cleaning gardening jobs and improvement work.

Jobs include planting bulbs, picking up litter, looking after trees and cleaning out ponds and streams.

The volunteers will also be given a chance to train as Green Hat volunteers, which would allow them to lead groups of volunteers in clean-up and planting days.

Leicester City Council senior park officer, Vicky Hudson, said: “All our parks and green spaces belong to the people who live and work in the city, which is why we’re so keen to welcome volunteers and to get them involved with our parks.

“We hope by building a network of volunteers that these projects could be the first of many to come, and are also open to any project ideas which people already have in mind.”The volunteering opportunities we are creating are open to people from across Leicester’s communities, and are flexible enough to fit anyone’s circumstances, from young people to older residents enjoying their retirement.”

Cllr Piara Singh Clair Leicester assistant city mayor responsible for heritage and leisure, said: “Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring parks and green spaces are kept looking their best, and these volunteering opportunities are a great way for people to get involved in their communities.”

 

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