Rob Eddon, Performance Sports Coordinator at Coventry University Students’ Union worked with the SU volunteering team to put together a group of students from a number of sports teams to take part.
They spent a good chunk of the day working on several projects, all of which have made an impact on the local environment.
At the Coombe Country Park, members of Team Phoenix undertook a bit of conservation work which involved a lot of strenuous hacking away at some of the out of control Rhododendron.
The purpose of this was to cut away and burn the plant to clear the woodland floor in order for the native plants to flourish.
Luke Gregory, Men’s Basketball President said:
Some of Team Phoenix went to the Ryton Pools Country Park and did an excellent job at conservation management work, which again, involved trimming back and remove the surrounding blackthorn and brambles.
It was a lot of hard work and the group taking part in this thought that it was a great way to learn new skills, appreciate the environment and help an amazing team based at Ryton Pools Country Park. The fact that they were able to help them out is something they are very proud of.
The final group were working with the Canal and River Trust doing some vital conservation work.
The team covered a lot of ground in the time they were there which included: vegetation management; planting, pruning, litter picking; towpath and waterborne, access clearing, painting and minor canal repairs.
All of these places are popular with the public and so it is important to keep them in good condition. However, as the organisations involved will tell you, it is not easy to do all this with limited resources and that’s where Team Phoenix thought that they could make a difference.
Matt Cunningham, Men’s Football President, said:
By working with the various parks and trusts, the team were able to make an important contribution to the upkeep of these public spaces.
Jonny Clark, from the CU Jets American football team, was helping out on the day. He said:
Natalie Cadwallader, President of the Women’s Basketball Team said:
This sentiment was not only echoed by the others who took part in the different projects on the day but also by those who benefitted from the work that Team Phoenix carried out.
Sue Blocksidge from the Canal and River Trust said:
Praise indeed and it just goes to show that by giving up a few hours of your spare time, you can make such a difference and give so much back to the community.
Well done Team Phoenix!
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