Hinckley & Rugby staff dig in for Fosse Meadows

Staff volunteers from Hinckley and Rugby Building Society spent a day digging deep at Fosse Meadows Nature Reserve as part of a Team Challenge for Leicestershire Cares.

A team of 13 from the Society got stuck into clearing pathways through the woodland at the nature reserve near Sharnford.

Leicestershire Cares’ Team Challenges see volunteers from local businesses give their time and energy to help community groups and charities.

The Society’s volunteers, who came from its head office, were led by Emily Smith. Emily, a business development manager, said: “Everyone had a fabulous time and all commented on how nice it was to be working outside for the day in such a nice setting.

“A lot of the volunteers had never been to Fosse Meadows before but will be going back with their dogs and children.”

James Poynton, green space engagement officer at Blaby District Council, said: “We were delighted to welcome the enthusiastic team, who managed to complete a lot more work than I thought possible.

“Their work to prune trees and clear brambles will make the walkways and woodland more accessible and safe. We’d be delighted to welcome the team back anytime.”

Sarah Green, community development manager at Leicestershire Cares, said: “It’s always a pleasure working with both Hinckley & Rugby Building Society and Fosse Meadows Nature Reserve on Team Challenges and this was no exception.

“The volunteers worked hard all day and achieved so much. It was just such a shame the sun wasn’t shining as it has been earlier in the week but the team weren’t put off and the day was a complete success.”