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26/08/22

Compass Plus employees Volunteer at Beeston Sidings

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“Great to get out in the fresh air and do something in the local community!”

Corporate volunteering days are fun, can be hard work but also includes plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits which gave the team chance to reconnect or for new staff to meet each other face to face before returning to work at the office.

Compass Plus was founded in 1989 by two forward-thinking innovators, the company has grown year-on-year to become a global enterprise; providing payments software to some of the most exciting companies in the world.

With their UK head office based in Nottingham, one team manager wanted to find a way for their staff to reconnect after a long period of working from home due to Coronavirus restrictions as well as giving something back to the community, they contacted the Nottingham Green Guardians about organising a corporate volunteering day.

The Nottingham Green Guardians work with companies both big and small, to find appropriate tasks depending on the season and number of volunteers that will make a big impact in Nottingham’s Parks and Open Spaces, after discussing the needs of the Compass Plus Team it was agreed to hold a conservation task day at Beeston Sidings.

Beeston Sidings Local Nature Reserve is based behind Nottingham Science Park near the University of Nottingham and is a small reserve covering just over 1.2 hectares. It was originally a railway marshalling yard which was abandoned in the late 1950s and fell into disuse over a period of years. The eastern section contains Dunkirk Pond, a flooded ballast pit excavated in the 1830s to provide material for the construction of the railway embankment on the line leading into Nottingham. The site has a mixed habitat including open water, neutral grassland, scrub and both broadleaf and wet woodland.

Corporate volunteering days are fun, can be hard work but also includes plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits which gave the team chance to reconnect or for new staff to meet each other face to face before returning to work at the office, staff from Compass Plus said “It’s been really nice to finally meet new members of the team face to face.”

The Compass Plus team worked across three areas of grassland to remove encroaching scrub so that the variety of habitats could be maintained at the reserve to help the different species that call the reserve home.

Sandra Horner, Volunteer Coordinator said “It was great to have such a large group of people from Compass Plus turn up to help us manage the scrub and grassland habitats at Beeston Sidings as they made such a huge impact in just one day!”.

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