Severn Trent’s Community Champions create new look for Newark

Tuesday 14th March 2017

A team of green fingered volunteers from Severn Trent spent the day making a difference in Newark this week.

The group from the company’s Community Champions team spent the day volunteering with the Canal & River Trust, helping the charity with some much needed maintenance along the riverside in the Nottinghamshire town.

 Leanne Town, who organised the day, said: “We’re doing a lot of work in Newark at the moment, so it was important to our team that we gave something back to the local community. Along with staff from BNM Alliance, the team completely transformed a section of the river, turning it from drab to fab in just a day!”

Severn Trent is currently working in Newark on a £60 million investment that will bring huge improvements to the waste and water services in the area. Contract partners BNM Alliance is carrying out the work for Severn Trent.

“Our Community Champions projects allows us to empower our employees to really make a difference within the community. The team had a really fun and rewarding day in Newark, so we hope the locals love the new look too,” said Leanne.

Severn Trent’s Community Champions project allows members of staff to spend two working days a year volunteering in the community. The Canal & River Trust is just one of the charities Severn Trent works in partnership with.

Wayne Ball, volunteer development coordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The volunteers did a fantastic job and we’re really grateful for all their hard work. As a charity, the support they’ve given us is invaluable and really helps in our efforts to make the river a more attractive, welcoming place for the local community.

“The area’s already looking a lot neater and we’ll now be able to plant up the hedgerow which will only help to make it even more attractive and a better place for wildlife.”