Staff from the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel swapped their comfortable hotel environment last week to brave the blustery weather as they got ‘hands on’ at Durrell.
Organised as part of the Carlson Rezidor Group’s annual Responsible Business Action Month, a team of eight volunteers, led by General Manager Thomas Stene, took time out of their usual daily routine to lend a helping hand to the Durrell landscaping team assisting to get the grounds of the 32 acre park into peak condition for Autumn visitors.
Tasks for the day included removing trucks full of leaves from around various exhibits including the bird aviaries and the gorilla enclosure.
Caryl Kemp, Head of Landscaping at Durrell was delighted to receive their help and commented, “The Radisson Blu team worked extremely hard during their recent visit to our Trinity Headquarters. The grounds were in a terrible mess after the recent high winds and there was an excessive amount of leaves, twigs and other debris around the park. As it appears autumn arrived early it would have been a struggle to clear up the grounds on our own. Therefore we are hugely appreciative of the effort they put in for a second year running! We hope they’ll be back again next year.”
Peter Munns, Responsible Business Coordinator of Radisson Blu added: “’Responsible Business Action Month’ is a scheme that encourages participating hotels to make an extra effort to organise social and environmental activities, particularly those which engage with employees and the local community; therefore for us, working with Durrell ticks all of these boxes. As an organization we support the conservation work of the Trust and on a local level we consider the Wildlife Park to be one of the finest tourist attractions on the Island and one that we regularly recommend to our guests. Plus, on a personal level I think we all really appreciate the opportunity to take some time out and we enjoy working together in a completely different environment.”