Franke staff volunteer to help Groundwork improve green spaces in Greater Manchester

Franke staff have been helping to improve green spaces across Greater Manchester after teaming up with national charity Groundwork to volunteer their time at four community projects across the city.

Twenty employees from the Franke team each spent a day working in the outdoors supporting initiatives set up by local people and backed by the charity, which aims to create a sustainable future for people, places and businesses in Greater Manchester.

Across the four volunteering days Franke staff have helped the Friends of Turn Moss in Stretford to improve their much-loved park by creating a wildflower meadow and extending their pond area. They also undertook various tasks at Trafford Eco Park, home to Groundwork’s head office, including clearing an area to make way for an outdoor classroom and laying a woodland path to improve accessibility. Later in the month they helped to develop the allotment area at the Lighthouse Centre in Brinnington to help revitalise the area and their final volunteering day consisted of helping the Friends of Lostock Park to remove self-sown tree seedlings from a large wild flower bed, preparing a new rockery outside the group’s hut and varnishing wooden animal sculptures around the park.

Jeanette Ward, communications manager for Franke UK, said: “This is the second year that Franke has volunteered with Groundwork Greater Manchester and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting hands on with various tasks to improve local green spaces, so that communities can enjoy them. We see the partnership with Groundwork as a great way to make a real, tangible difference in local communities. It’s also a great opportunity for staff to learn new skills, strengthen team relations and gain a sense of achievement through giving back to local communities and projects.”

Liz Edwards, from Groundwork Greater Manchester, said: “We really appreciate the hard work from the volunteers at Franke who have given their time to help another four community projects. This support is vital to our community groups and has given all the community volunteers a real boost to their project.”

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