Employees from the Environment Agency visited Trafford Ecology Park on Wednesday 9th November.
Greater Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire Leadership group, consisting of Area Environmental & Flood Risk Managers and Team Leaders were due to come together for a team meeting but they were also keen to spend some time in nature and give something back to a local charity.
We worked together to develop a day where the team could have their meeting and spend some time volunteering in nature.
The group split into two, half of them would held their team catch up in The Meeting Place, whilst the other undertook a number of volunteering tasks around the park. At lunch the two groups swapped round.
The morning group helped maintain the paths around the Forest School and Adventure area, clearing moss and greenery that was blocking the path or making it unsafe to use. Once cleared, the volunteers wheelbarrowed a new layer of top trek onto the section of path and levelled it off, creating a more safe and accessible route in nature.
The afternoon group focused on doing a litter pick and cutting back overgrowth in the area which surrounds the Ecology Park. This space had become blocked and was forcing people to walk on a busy road.
Here’s a little bit more about the day and how employees from the Environment Agency found it:
The Environment Agency outlined in their 2025 strategy a need to ensure employees recognised the importance of climate change:
“We will continue to need people who understand the urgency of climate change and have the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to tackle it.”
We hope that this day helped to embed the teams enthusiasm to protect nature. Green stepping stones within urban environments, such as Trafford Ecology Park, are essential to protect and enhance.