EcoPark South Project - SOMAD Day at Friends of Firs Farm

As a business, we are committed to positively standing out and making a difference to the communities we live and work in. Stand Out! Make a Difference (SOMAD) is one of our engagement initiatives benefiting local communities, charities and other organisations as well as our employees.

​On Thursday 11 November, a team of eighteen volunteers from the EcoPark South project carried out a SOMAD day at the Friends of Firs Farm in Enfield.

The Friends of Firs Farm site is a wetland, woodland, meadow and flood storage area. The site provides an outdoor classroom, dipping platform, an open bird hide and helps to reduce the impact of surface water flooding across a wide urban area.

The day started promptly with a briefing. The team was divided into two groups, one group was allocated the task of clearing brambles around growing trees that had become restricted. The second group was tasked with clearing vegetation within a stream to allow for a better flow of water between connecting water habitats.

The sunshine and great weather put the team in a great mood, combined with a committed work ethic resulted in a very successful day. The bramble team cleared just over one hundred meters squared of brambles around the trees. The stream team cleared over forty meters of thick vegetation from the watercourse, resulting in the free flow of water. The team's huge effort was rewarded at lunchtime with plenty of pizza.

Toni Guiver, the founder of the Friends of Firs Farm, was delighted with the day's effort. This was also reflected by words of encouragement from members of the public passing by while work was being undertaken.

Well done to everyone involved!