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Volunteers restore local school pond to its former glory

The Guinness Partnership housing association, and partner Equans, saw nine of their staff volunteer at Springwood Junior School in Havant.

Over the course of four days working on an overgrown pond area, the volunteers cut the grass, cleared bushes and brambles, cleared the pond, sanded and re-stained benches, replaced gates, rebuilt and stained the pontoon and repaired a bird watching shed.

Before the work could commence, Guinness funded a vital ecological survey of the pond enabling the improvements to be carried out. Equans then funded and organised the clear up, as part of their social investment programme.

After the remarkable transformation, the area will now be used by the students to carry out water testing, monitor the wildlife and to learn more about nature.

Alistair Smyth, Director of Social Investment at The Guinness Partnership said: “It was a fantastic achievement by everyone involved and the area looks so much better. The volunteers helped to make a real difference. Our partnership-based approach to social investment means that together we, alongside our partners, can make a really positive impact in the communities we work in.”

Karen Field, Social Value Manager at Equans said: “Social value is more important than ever. There’s a pressing need for greater investment in communities and the construction industry has a key role to play in this. Our social value team was delighted to be joined by staff from Equans, who used their corporate volunteer days, and The Guinness Partnership, to help transform the pond and garden area.

These projects make such a difference to the local community, enabling them to be able to use a space that was previously inaccessible. We would like to say a huge thank you to the school. Gill Bryant and her staff looked after all the volunteers throughout the project, keeping us hydrated on what was one of the hottest weeks of the year.”

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