IT was back to nature for staff at Solihull College and University Centre when they teamed up with BNP Paribas on an outdoor regeneration project.
The college’s sustainability development goals include establishing the link between nature and wellbeing.
With the idea of regenerating an outdoor space for staff and students to enjoy, an area of Blossomfield Campus consisting of a large pond, overgrown paths and an area of grass and mud was designated.
The college’s Maddie Booth also contacted Love Solihull, an environmental initiative co-ordinated by Solihull Council that supports efforts by the community to make a difference.
Love Solihull set up a link with banking group BNP Paribas who were looking to involve their staff in community development.
Equipped with tools paid for by generous donations from BNP Paribas and the Chartered Institute for Payroll and Pension Professionals (CIPP), the group worked on the project over three days.
Tasks included building natural fencing, taking up wooden edging to reuse for path edging, weeding the area, laying down wood chipping, clearing brambles and pathways, planting wildflowers, regenerating bug and bat boxes, litter picking and more.
Julia Panek from BNP Paribas said: “It was a rewarding experience.
“We really enjoyed making a little bit of a difference to the close community and spending time outside with some of our colleagues we hadn’t seen for a long time.”
Maddie, who led the initiative, was impressed with the hard work.
She said: “We were really grateful for all the amazing work BNP Paribas and college staff put in over the three days clearing, building and maintaining our natural areas.
“What was once a fully overgrown space is now ready for staff and students to use as a space to clear their heads, reconnect with nature and enjoy the scenery!”