Volunteers’ one day bid to revamp park

Volunteers take part in a community challenge at Newstead and Annesley Country Park in conjunction with RCAN (Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire)
Volunteers take part in a community challenge at Newstead and Annesley Country Park in conjunction with RCAN (Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire)

Over 100 volunteers donated more than 700 hours of their time in a one-day challenge to revitalise Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

The volunteers from E.ON’s Newstead Court office in Annesley built fencing to protect resident wildlife, undertook gardening and landscaping of the site and painted the education and visitor centre.

The 220-acre country park received a Big Lottery Fund grant for £430,000 in 2011 and was featured on the BBC series ‘Village SOS’.

Rob Crowder, CEO of Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire which manages the site, said: “This grant allowed for extensive development of the site, however as the funding ran out, the improvements were halted and we’re now very much reliant on grants and community initiatives in order to continue with the redevelopment.

“The E.ON volunteers have made a huge difference on the site and their support has meant that we’ve been able to achieve lots in a short space of time. This has enabled us to provide a more interesting and exciting eco area for our local community, who are already really proud of the park and what has been achieved so far.”

Volunteer Nigel Dewbery said: “We hope that by undertaking this challenge more of the local community will be able to use the site and enjoy the wildlife there. We also hope that our involvement will raise further awareness in order to encourage much needed volunteers in the community to become involved in the long-term projects at the park too.”