Farm now fresh for the community thanks to Academic Registry
3 August 2009
Staff volunteers from the University’s Academic Registry swapped their offices for the farmyard last week [28 July] when they took part in a renovation project at Lawrence Weston’s Community Farm.
Around 40 staff spent the day helping to refresh the farm’s garden and grounds by carrying out painting, landscaping pathways and erecting fences.
The farm is community-managed project that aims to improve the quality of life for local people by working with the community to provide a range of educational, environmental and recreational activities in Lawrence Weston by providing people with an opportunity to experience farming, gardening and animals.
Caron Orledge from the University’s International Recruitment Office, said: ‘The project was a great success thanks to the tremendous team spirit and hard work by all involved on the day. It was also a great opportunity for us and the University to help give something back to the community.’
The challenge was organised by the University’s Academic Registry and funded by the Centre for Public Engagement. Domino's Pizza and Tesco supported the challenge by supplying free food on the day. For further information visit the website.
Bristol University is committed to supporting the city’s social infrastructure and was the first university in the country to have implemented a staff-volunteering day. This allows one day’s paid leave per year for each of the University’s 5,300 members of staff. In addition, over 800 students are involved in volunteering.