Call centre workers dig in to make Sunderland park a winner

From left, EDF Energy's Craig Wilkinson, Sunderland Council's Guy Suthurbon, and EDF Energy's Colin Hagan.
From left, EDF Energy's Craig Wilkinson, Sunderland Council's Guy Suthurbon, and EDF Energy's Colin Hagan.
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A group of call centre workers swapped headsets for hoes to get a park in shape.

The Helping Hands volunteer groups from EDF Energy picked up their gardening tools to tend to the grounds of Roker Park to help meet the standards set for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Roker Park is a very popular park and everyone has their own memories here as a child, or as adults with their own children, so it is great that we can get involved in its upkeep.

Craig Wilkinson, learning and development specialist at EDF Energy

A total of 4,132 groups across the country are set to take part in this year’s Britain in Bloom campaign, and the team at Roker ensured the park was in first-class condition to take on all challengers.

Groups of staff volunteers donated approximately 540 hours of labour in the past year, getting their hands dirty on a range of maintenance work, including litter picking and horticultural work and removing weeds from flower beds, as well as tending to the children’s play areas.

Craig Wilson, customer relationship officer, at Sunderland Council said: “The Helping Hands teams from EDF Energy have done a great job.

“They carried out a wide range of essential activities to a very high standard that have made a real difference to the park’s appearance.

“The park is very well used and more and more events are being held here.

“We couldn’t maintain the park’s high standards without volunteer work, so we would like to thank EDF Energy for their time and effort in helping us.”

Roker Park has already gained a range of achievements, including maintaining its Green Flag status for ten years.

The award is the benchmark of quality for parks and green spaces, guaranteeing that the area is welcoming, clean, well-maintained, safe and secure.

Craig Wilkinson, learning and development specialist at EDF Energy, said; “Roker Park is a very popular park and everyone has their own memories here as a child, or as adults with their own children, so it is great that we can get involved in its upkeep.

“As a Sunderland-based workforce, it is a great team building exercise too.”