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Businesses lend their support

The Trust benefited recently from several corporate volunteer days, in which employees left their day jobs to help out with the canal’s work.

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi, which has offices in Guildford, sent 42 staff members to Hunt Park Nature Reserve in Shalford. Their tasks ranged from helping to remove invasive, non-native plant species that can take over canal banks, to maintaining footpaths and painting fences.

Employees from a London bank swapped the city for the fresh air of the West Sussex countryside in their volunteer day. Under the supervision of canal workers Dave Evans and Kev Baker the 12 volunteers from the Bank of New York Mellon were set to work painting the lock furniture at Brewhurst Lock and erecting fencing and gate posts.

The bank also paid their staff $20 an hour for the work they carried out, which was donated to the Trust.

All involved agreed it was a valuable exercise and the workers said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience

Thursday, July 12, 2018