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Press Release

Christmas lunch for our volunteers

Date: 22 December 2017

Brentwood Borough Council’s grounds maintenance staff held a Christmas bonfire lunch for its volunteers to thank them for their hard work over the past year.

The Countryside Management Volunteers meet up every week on one of the Council’s countryside sites around the borough to carry out tasks like path clearing, litter picking, clearing invasive trees, tackling conservation issues and maintaining habitats and managing the woodlands.

Volunteers from the Cemetery Gates horticultural project work at the old growing nursery at London Road Cemetery. The project offers local people, including those with learning disabilities, an opportunity to develop new skills within the local community. Throughout the year they have carried out regular plant sales, plant the Borough’s summer hanging baskets as well as other fund-raising events.

On Wednesday 20th December the volunteers tidied the Hartswood Tip site, including clearing invasive trees and litter picking and then had lunch by the bonfire.

Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Environment and Enforcement Committee, Councillor Keith Parker, said: “Our countryside volunteers meet every week to give their time up for the community. They do so much to keep our borough looking beautiful.

We have supported the volunteers from the Gates Project for their events over the past year, from plant sales to their fundraising work.

This was our way of thanking them for giving up their time to support the community. We were delighted to be able to show our appreciation for their work in this way.”


Notes to editors:

If you would like to join the Countryside Management Volunteers, please contact Tracey Lynch, Grounds Manager  on 01277 312500 or at

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895