From Linda Brawn at Greening Chinnor:
In May we held our AGM and I thought it would be interesting to share with you how far we have come since Greening Chinnor started in 2011. We are a small core group of 6 who meet throughout the year and with the help of our volunteers have led an astonishing 2,319 hours of community volunteering. Costing this up at the adult minimum wage, this amounts to, in today’s terms, a huge social benefit of £16,696. Here is what we’ve achieved (since inception):
- Twice yearly community litter picks have seen collection of over 150 bags of litter using 350 volunteer hours.
- Over 750 hours were devoted to thermal imaging 80 properties and community buildings in Chinnor and Henton.
- 174 volunteer hours have gone into PAT testing 332 electrical items for swap shops, which otherwise may have gone to landfill.
- Over 120 plants were ‘swapped’ and 20 packets of seeds given away at the first ever plant swap.
- 44 parish walking paths have been maintained by parish path wardens and the group has put on guided walking events.
- Memorial trees and wildlife hedgerow have been planted.
Our volunteer base continues to grow and it’s not important that everyone comes to every event, it’s important that people give their time as and when they can. I hope that this shows just how much can be achieved by working together and by giving an hour here and there. So a huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers and supporters helping to improve our local environment.