Gleeds help restore historic Iffley Glebe

Staff from Gleeds and their office neighbor TMD have donated 50 hours of their time to help Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) restore land at the historic Iffley Glebe and assist with Oxford Open Doors.

A team from the business’ Oxford office lent a hand clearing overgrown land in preparation for digging a trench to enable hedge whips to be planted in the Autumn/Spring. The Glebe is one OPT most historic areas and is the village’s most important open space and plays a vital role in maintaining the rural atmosphere of Iffley, as well as providing a home for much of the local wildlife. The team also volunteered as stewards at the recent annual ‘Open Doors’ event and assisted in setting up, raising money and supervising tours at local colleges.

Rachel Sanderson, Land Officer for the Oxford Preservation Trust, said: “I want to thank Gleeds for all of their hard work in clearing the space at Iffley Glebe and for their continued support of the Oxford Preservation Trust. As an organisation, we rely heavily on volunteers from the local community in order to preserve Oxford in its green setting for future generations.”

The volunteering day was one in a series of events held as part of the ‘Gleeds Global Challenge’, where employees from the company’s 59 international offices take part in fundraising, volunteering and staff wellbeing activities in an effort to build better communities.

Gleeds Associate Director for Oxford, Gary Souch, said: “As committed supporters of the Oxford Preservation Trust, we saw the Gleeds Global Challenge as an opportunity to help restore a historic part of the city centre for everyone to enjoy. It’s important to us as a business to give something back to the local communities we operate in around the world and we look forward to working with the charity again in the future.

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