Since working for the Trust I have been able to really get hands on with conservation and work with some really great and interesting people. One fantastic aspect of the way the charity runs is that there is a quarterly staff meeting, based out of head office on one of the reserves.
For my first staff day we went to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and I was really looking forward to seeing it after such a fantastic and successful summer. The staff meeting involved some really interesting and enjoyable presentations from some of the management team and reserve managers informing us of current updates within the trust, as well as achievements and new plans for the next quarter. It was great to be involved in the discussions and networking that goes with meeting all the Trust’s employees that aren’t based at head office.
In the afternoon we took to exploring our reserve in the park called Old Ford Island. We then donned working gloves and hi-vis jackets, and with loppers in hand we took to tidying up the reserve. There was lots to do from hacking back bramble, removing young tree spirals, dismantling an abandoned homeless shelter, removing old concrete fencing and making paths accessible and safe for visitors. As a team of 20+ we definitely made a difference in the few hours we were there and it was great to see it already looking so much better by the end. It definitely made a change from being in the office and it really felt great being involved hands on with the reserves management and working with my colleagues.
It really is such a great idea to bring all the members of staff together, keep them updated on the ‘goings on’ of the Trust and also allowing us to see the fruits of our labour as it were, by seeing such a thriving reserve and getting to work with such a great landmark in view – the Olympic Stadium.
I definitely look forward to the next staff meeting!