Team Challenge Week 2021

Team challenge week was a great success this year, our volunteers supported 6 sites across 5 days from the 11th to the 15th of October. It was amazing to see the enthusiasm our volunteers brought to the sessions and every one of them should be proud of the contribution they made. The week was elevated even further by the fantastic weather we received throughout, with some volunteers even being able to feel rays of sunshine on their faces! 

A highlight of the week was the variation in projects that our volunteers supported. On Monday we had volunteers from boxxe creating therapeutic gardens at York Hospital. This involved the planting of flowers and shaping of the area to give staff and patients a relaxing green space in the heart of the hospital.

On Tuesday morning our volunteers supported the Rotary Clubs Haxby Road tree planting project by giving the new trees some TLC. Going back to this site is always exciting as we get to see the impressive growth since they were planted in 2019. 

On Tuesday afternoon teams from Langleys solicitors and boxxe came together to work in Greenfields School and Community Garden. The volunteers picked apples and pears (which tasted amazing!) as well as preparing beds for the winter months. Towards the end of the session children from Haxby Road school came to learn about the garden and eat some of the fruit picked by the volunteers which was a lovely moment.

Wednesday brought more sunshine and more volunteers as a team from Hiscox travelled to Acomb Wood. The volunteers helped clear the paths in the area, making it more accessible to the local residents.

We returned to Greenfields on Thursday for a great morning of gardening and preparing the area for the winter. For many volunteers it was their first time going to Greenfields, and it was nice hearing their excitement and anticipation of returning in the spring when the Garden is flowering.

We concluded Team Challenge Week at Hull Road Park. The morning session was spent creating a woodland path within the park. We would like to send a special thank you to Ian and Darren from boxxe for their excellent precision work designing and building the path. We spent the afternoon in the Rock Garden, clearing away brambles and thickage to create a lovely space for flowers to grow.

Overall it was a fantastic week and I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers for getting involved and also to our community partners who ran the sessions. We hope to see you all again soon!