Volunteers hedge their bets!

Staff volunteers provide time to Roaches Wood in Mossley, Tameside to boost hedgerow habitats

Staff from Veolia Environmental Services’ landscape team volunteered half a day of their time to Roaches Wood in Mossley, Tameside to boost hedgerow habitats. The team joined the countryside rangers to learn the art of hedgelaying to help support the habitat and the local wildlife. 

The sixteen-strong team from Veolia, the UK’s leading recycling and waste management company, watched ranger John Courtman demonstrate the hedgelaying technique and then started work. The group worked on 50 metres of hedgerow, clearing the brush and then laying the hedge.

The woodlands have a long history, dating back at least 100 years when a train line connected the area to Huddersfield. There were mills located along the river Tame and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal was used for river transport. However it is now very different and the area is used for multi-user access to horses, walkers and cyclists. 

Matt Ling, Area Manager Tameside at Veolia Environmental Services said “The team had a great day learning this old countryside skill of hedgelaying and it is something that we may be able to use in our everyday work! Thank you to the Tameside Countryside rangers who hosted us on the day.”

Lesley Bardsley, Outreach Officer at Tameside Countryside Service said “Having the support of volunteers from Veolia Environmental Services was a big help on site. Their enthusiasm and hard work were very much appreciated and it meant that much more hedgerow habitat was improved than we thought possible.”

The volunteering is part of Veolia’s half day volunteering scheme to give something back to local communities all around the UK. All 12,000 members of staff are encouraged to spend half a day working in their local community or charitable organisation of their choice, amounting to 6,000 days each year across the whole company.

For more information about other volunteering schemes Veolia has supported visit www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk or follow us on twitter @veolia_es_uk.