Employees at AFL Telecommunications in Swindon volunteered their Saturday morning on 17 January, to assist with planting 256 trees within the school fields to help improve the grounds of the new St Francis Primary School, Taw Hill, Swindon. AFL volunteers along with the Great Western Community Forest team, school staff, children, parents and governors were tasked with planting native broadleaf trees for the barren and unused area of the school grounds.
The volunteer effort was part of AFL Telecommunications’ SPIRIT grant which matches the “sweat equity” of AFL’s employees with a £1,500 grant to the Great Western Community Forest, in addition to a £4,000 grant from the AFL Foundation. AFL Telecommunications has been working on environmental improvement projects with the Great Western Community Forest team in Swindon for over 5 years on projects of varying scales at schools, nurseries, community centres and in public green spaces.
Margaret Harman, AFL Telecommunications’ HR & EHS Manager, said “When we work on Great Western Community Forest projects, it is always amazing to see the impact we can make in just a few hours, the new wooded area at St Francis School will help to create a teaching and play resource for the school children and the local community for generations to come.”