26 October 2016
CALA Homes Chiltern, based in Wooburn Green, has taken on a clean-up challenge in a bid to help the environment and protect local wildlife as part of an initiative to help projects in the local community.
Earlier this year, the housebuilder appealed for local charities and groups in need of volunteers to come forward with tasks and projects they want help with. Local community project Revive the Wye, was chosen as the winner and last week, employees donned waterproofs and waders to help clean a section of the River Wye near CALA’s office in Wooburn Green.
12 volunteers from across the business worked alongside members of the Revive the Wye, a partnership set up in 2007 to help improve the River Wye. During the session the team removed rubbish, including some large heavy items and overgrown vegetation from the river and bankside.
Stuart Wallace, Managing Director at CALA Homes (Chiltern), said: “As a considerate housebuilder, we feel that it is important for us to play an active role in our local community. Many of our employees were interested in volunteering and this was a great way to not only support them, but for us to help make a difference in our town.
“I was really impressed with the number of staff that took part in the session. It really goes to show how important environmental conservation is to all of us. I think the work was harder than some people were expecting but everyone got stuck in and we had a very productive morning. We look forward to getting involved with Revive the Wye again in the future."
Revive the Wye Volunteer Task Co-ordinator, Roger Wildling, said: “It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic people get involved and we’re extremely grateful to the CALA Homes’ team for volunteering their time to help with this important work. Or aim is to protect and improve the natural environment of the River Wye and to make it a special place that people can enjoy and in which wildlife can flourish. We rely heavily on volunteers and it’s great to see so many businesses like CALA Homes take an interest in helping to look after their local river-scape.”