We were delighted to welcome five volunteers from Three Rivers District Council including Cllr Alison Scarth to Step UP this morning. They had a bright sunny day to clear away the moss at the side of our building and prepared the soil at the front of the building for sowing wild flowers and poppies as part of the many things we are doing for Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC 2020). They have done a brilliant job and we hope to utilize the cleared space for lots of activities this year.
Three Rivers helps clean-up ASCEND Step Up grounds (TRDC News Release)
ASCEND Step UP outside area that leads into the woods and the border at the front of the building have been ridden with thick moss and weeds.
Cllr Alison Scarth and Three Rivers staff volunteered their services to clear these areas and make them ready for use on 6 February 2020 as part of Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) whose theme for February is skill development and volunteering.
Liz Fraser, Facilities Manager for ASCEND Step Up, said: “ This is a great initiative that has helped in enhancing the look and feel of the building, providing us with future space that we can utilise in a variety of ways. I am delighted that Three Rivers District Council has taken such an interest in supporting ASCEND as a charity.
“Cllrs Andrew and Alison Scarth have consistently taken a keen interest in the work of ASCEND and been proactive in helping us in a time of need. I thank everyone involved for dedicating their time and efforts to help us today. You have all done a marvellous job, I can’t believe the change it has made and the benefits to ASCEND in utilising the space in front of and at the side of the building.”
The front of the building is now ready to plant wildflowers and poppies in time for celebrating 75 years VE Day. Plans are being made for the other larger area cleared to be used for extra staff parking and other uses.
Cllr Alison Scarth added: “We want to support our communities in any way we can. To keep doing this we need our businesses, residents and schools across Three Rivers District to get involved. From clearing litter to helping clean-up areas for better use or just a general tidy-up. Let’s sustain this work by taking a proactive interest in keeping our environment tidy and clean.”