Volunteers thanked for dedication to improving parks across the Vale of Glamorgan
Volunteers in parks across the county have been praised for their ongoing hard work in maintaining the Vale’s green spaces.
A six week training project was launched to encourage people to volunteer in parks and open spaces all over the Vale, and was supported by Hafod, Newydd and the Community Investment Team at Vale Homes.
This was the first work experience programme organised by Vale Fireflies, in partnership with the Council’s Parks and Open Space Team.
The project included a number of training modules for the volunteers and a three week work experience at the Parade Gardens near Barry Island and at Victoria Park.
Victoria Park in Barry is one of three Vale Parks nominated by members of the public, for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017 Award.
Lead Gardener at Victoria Park, Mike Parsons praised their two regular volunteers, Callum and Dawood.
Callum, 23, volunteers one day at Victoria Park and Dawood, originally from Syria, has bene volunteering three days a week at the park for several months.
Mike Parsons said: “The guys are doing a great job, and we really appreciate what they do, and we want to thank them for everything. There is a great sense of community spirit here.”
Neil Gibbon, the lead gardener at the Parade Gardens near Barry Island, has been overlooking a group of volunteers who have helped out three days a week over six weeks. The group have been helping to cut down overgrown hedges, and maintain the area, before a new team takes over to carry on the good work over another six weeks.
Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Leisure, Councillor Gordon Kemp said: “It is wonderful to see park volunteers enjoy maintaining the parks, and from meeting the teams and seeing how what they do every day, it is important that they are recognised for their ongoing hard work.
"Thank you to the gardeners and volunteers for everything they do, and I hope this can encourage more people to become involved in improving the community.”