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10th July 2017

Viridor and Peterborough City Council joined forces to roll up their sleeves and volunteer for local charity Railworld – helping to clear and shape a site which is now home to more than 200 species of flora and fauna.

Railworld, set up in 1995 in the heart of Peterborough, supports local nature with volunteers and trustees being creative, reusing and recycling materials, something which resonates with Viridor, one of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies.

The charity uses old bedsteads for model railway bridges, pallets made into fences and even the addition of three donated sections of Victorian Great Northern Railway aqueduct built in the1840s give an exciting sense of adventure when exploring the Wildlife Haven.

Local schools and groups also benefit from the site experience, which includes a visitor centre for activities and an extensive model railway.

The voluntary work, completed on Tuesday 4th July, was carried out in partnership with Viridor and Peterborough City Council staff members.

The opportunity was organised with Brian Pearce, Railworld Volunteer and Trustee who explained that the task for the day was to freshen up an idyllic picnic area in the heart of the Wildlife Haven making it a popular eating spot once again.

Once weeding and sweeping had taken place the team painted the wooden picnic tables and the wooden fencing surrounding the area to help preserve it.

Paul Rowland,  Viridor Regional Contract Manager, said “Myself and the team were delighted to carry out our voluntary work placement at Railworld. “All Viridor employees have the opportunity each year to carry out voluntary work and we were pleased to give our time and efforts to a local charity clearly supporting the message that we put across to all of our teams, customers and visitors to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Richard Pearn, Peterborough City Council Waste Partnership Manager said: “Railworld is a fantastic local charity which the council is happy to regularly support.

“The charity promotes the advantages of reusing materials and has made great use of old paving slabs, kerbstones and even lampposts that have been replaced in the city centre over recent years.

“The Wildlife Haven at Railworld is a beautiful spot and we were glad to spend the day helping out.”

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