Sky switched on for community clean-up day

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COMMUNITY-spirited workers from the TV company Sky channelled their energies away from day-to-day routine to give a makeover to the fishing lakes at a beauty spot in Bulwell.

Staff donned their waders and high-visibility jackets to tackle a day-long clean-up at the lakes of Bulwell Hall Park.

Sixteen volunteers pulled rubbish from the water and cut back vegetation, as well as breaking down rotting and crumbling fishing platforms.

The initiative was set up through a partnership involving the company, a Friends Of Bulwell Hall Park group and local Labour members of Nottingham City Council.

Paul Langley, who lives in Bulwell and works for Sky, was involved. He said: “I am from near the park and spoke to the local councillors, who said they believed work needed doing up there.

“Some of the work on the fishing platforms was desperately needed. It was a really worthwhile cause.”

He added: “It is through work like this that we can improve our parks and open spaces and allow more people to use them in the future.”

Employee teams from Sky are encouraged to get involved in local community-improvement schemes for two days a year.

There is a possibility they will come back to the Dispatch district in the summer, possibly to work at the Bulwell Bogs recreation site.

Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), of the city council, helped set up the visit by Sky. She said: “They have done a wonderful job. It is brilliant that gave up their time to do this work.”

The history of Bulwell Hall Park stretches back hundreds of years. It was once part of the grand Bulwell Hall, which was demolished in 1958.

The park promotes wildlife and conservation and is home to sports pitches, a children’s playground and a golf course.

n OUR PHOTO shows Sky staff taking a break from their community clean-up day at the park — DISPIC NHUD12-0814-1