College volunteers improving the Borough

Posted on Friday 19 October 2012

CMP Queen Elizabeth Pond restoration project

A number of students braved the early autumn weather (rain!) to work in cooperation with many other volunteers from local companies to help continue with the restoration of the pond in Queen Elizabeth II Park in Farnborough. This two year project has seen the pond and the surrounding area transformed from an unsightly bog (one local resident commented that until this work he didn’t even know there was a pond in the park – and he had lived nearby for 20 years!) into a pleasant environment for all to enjoy.

Student volunteers Megan Pearce, Tessa Bishop, Sophie Turner, Bobo Cheung, Becky Neve, Jack Bambra and Kira Kerr joined new College Governor, Brandon O’Reilly (better known in his day job as the Chief Executive of TAG Farnborough Airport!), to dig, prune, cut, lop, plant and generally tidy up the area around the pond which is still settling down, having only recently been excavated and re-clayed so that it will hold water and sustain the new plants volunteers have put in.

The event was organised by The Community Matters Partnership: the local social enterprise dedicated towards galvanising the support of major local employers to work in partnership for the improvement of the Borough of Rushmoor. The College is a founder member of CMP; in the coming weeks students will soon help to raise much needed funds for local charities The Vine Day Centre (who work with homeless adults in Aldershot) and The Gaming Zone (which is dedicated to improving the life chances of disadvantaged youth in Rushmoor). The College will be running a Grand Charity Raffle with all prizes (such as a luxury night at The Aviator Hotel or a laptop donated by CSC – an i-Pad from Fluor or a year’s gym membership at The Village!) later this term. Our target is to raise over a magnificent £10,000.

Over 1200 College students are involved in volunteering this year. If you would like to be involved in a similar project, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Abi Tinkler in i-Point or Lead Tutor for Enrichment, Chris Eustace, who will be only too pleased to sign you up to make your contribution to a worthwhile cause.

Additional photographs taken by College student Ruby Frost can be viewed here
 

Students with other volunteers

Students with other volunteers

Restored pond

Restored pond

Brandon O'Reilly getting to grips with the undergrowth!

Brandon O'Reilly getting to grips with the undergrowth!