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York Cares appeals for Big Community Challenge support

Employee-volunteering charity York Cares is asking businesses and local volunteers in the city to get involved in its latest Big Community Challenge.

Running throughout June, this year’s challenge will focus on the development of green corridors in the city, connecting green spaces to improve wildlife habitats and reducing the isolation of wildlife populations

To help make the project a success, York Cares is appealing for donations from any local businesses that may be able to supply topsoil, bark chip, stone, decking timber, raised beds and plants. The charity’s wish list also includes a wooden compost bin for stick storage, a picnic bench, a small storage shed, poles for den building and posts for a shelter.

The 2022 Big Community Challenge will cover a large area in the West of York, across a number of sites that include Acomb Green, Acomb Wood, Bachelor Hill, Chesney Fields, Fishponds Wood, Foxwood Park, Osprey Close and Viking Road.

Ethan Moss, Volunteering Support Officer, York Cares, says: “This will be the fifteenth annual Big Community Challenge and we are so pleased to see that employee volunteering is still going strong in York. From two companies taking part in 2008, this year we have teams from 30 companies taking time to give something back to the city.

“We have identified an area in the west of York, to link up three local primary schools, a local secondary school and an Independent Living Community by developing a green corridor route, enabling plants and animals to flourish and improving biodiversity, which in turn will have positive effects on human mental and physical health.”

Some of the previous projects that have benefited as part of York Cares’ Big Community Challenge include Tang Hall Community Centre, Osbaldwick Primary School, Windsor House and Morrell House elderly people’s homes, Rowntree Park, Foxwood Community Centre and Bell Farm Adventure Playground.

If you can help provide any of the items on the York Cares’ Big Community Challenge wish list, or would like to volunteer, please get in touch.

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