Aramco-sponsored students volunteer at local community improvement projects

Aramco-sponsored student pushing a wheelbarrow through a community project in Lewisham, London.

Under the Planet pillar of Aramco Europe's Citizenship program, on 23 October, 30 Aramco-sponsored students volunteered at two community improvement projects – one in South London and the other in Manchester.

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Both projects were run by our Citizenship partner The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), a national UK charity which works with thousands of people across the UK to help them discover, improve and enjoy their local green spaces and by doing so, create happier and healthier communities.

In Lewisham, South London, 15 Aramco students from universities in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol volunteered for TCV at Firhill Allotment. The allotment is an area of ground given to the community to grow fruit and vegetables, but was very overgrown having been neglected for over two years. The students cleared overgrown vegetation, prepared flowerbeds, and built a table and seats from scrap wood to make the allotment fit and ready for community use.

In Manchester another 15 Aramco students from universities in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle gave their time to tidying the Sale Water Park, again working with TCV. Activities included pruning trees, and clearing brambles and reeds from the side of the water. The area cleared will be used by migrating birds all year round.

"Both my colleague and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Aramco students at Firhill Allotments in Lewisham. We have big plans for our holding on the site with a weekly youth offending community reparation project and wider community events soon to go live. Having the students clear the overgrown beds, create a welcoming entrance and build some rustic furniture was just the ticket and greatly appreciated!"

James Squires, Senior Project Officer, The Conservation Volunteers

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