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20130731 IHG Volunteer litter pickers at Wrens Nest preferred image

Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve is one of Dudley’s most internationally-renowned treasures. Geologists from around the world come to study its unique characteristics and fossil finds. It is also a great place just to enjoy the outdoors. To help ensure the site looks its best this summer, staff from a local call centre volunteered to give a day of their time to clear and clean footpaths and viewing areas.

Twenty staff from the IHG UK Central Reservations Office (UKCRO) in Brierley Hill downed their phones, pens and computer mouse, and armed themselves instead with litter-pickers, brushes and shovels at the nature reserve this week on Wednesday 31st July 2013.

Helena Slater of IHG co-coordinated the volunteer work force, she said,

“Our Brierley Hill staff take calls and make reservations for our hotels around the world. Most staff live locally and are passionate about supporting charities and good causes close to home, such as Sandwell’s Women’s aid, Mary Stevens Hospice and RSPCA Stourbridge Branch. A few months ago we contacted Dudley Council for Voluntary Service for advice about how we could get involved in a more hands-on community project – and here we are now at Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve.

There was 20 of us in total and we had a fab day despite the rain. (if I am honest it was probably better than being red hot) so all worked really well in the end.
Everybody who attended really enjoyed it.  It was not just about picking up litter it was also about finding out more about the history of the reserve and most of us had never been there before so it was great to know that there is such a beautiful spot right in the middle of Dudley.”

We also had some fabulous feedback from Owen a volunteer at Wrens Nest Nature Reserve:

“It was fantastic to see so many people volunteer their time to help clean up the Nature Reserve on a very wet day in Dudley. Hopefully their actions will allow families and the children from the Priory and Wren’s Nest will be able to greater enjoy the fantastic community resource on their doorstep and learn a bit more about the history of the area and the vital role it had to play in the industrialisation of our country. For me the most positive aspects was hearing the volunteers quickly change their perceptions on the area and see the positives of the place away from the very outdated reputation this part of Dudley has.”

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