The Conservation Volunteers’ Cassiobury Green Gym has now been launched as an independent community volunteering group for the benefit of public health and local green spaces.
Cassiobury Park Green Gym in Watford is becoming an independent, volunteer-run community initiative two years after being set up by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) in partnership with shopping centre owner intu and Watford Borough Council (WBC) to improve Cassiobury Park as well as its volunteers’ health and wellbeing.
Cassiobury Green Gym is one of many projects supported by leading shopping centre owner intu as part of its 10-year support of The Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym programme nationwide.
The Cassiobury launch marks 10 years of work by TCV and intu to restore and enhance green spaces up and down the country through the Green Gym initiative as well as the start of a promising new era for the community Green Gym in Cassiobury Park as it becomes self-sustaining.
Green Gyms offer volunteers the opportunity to take part in practical nature conservation sessions while getting active and fit, with each Green Gym becoming independently-run once established, as local community volunteers come together to manage its activities and outreach.
intu, owner of some of the UK’s most popular shopping and leisure destinations including intu Watford, has been supporting and funding the TCV Green Gym programme in the town for seven years. Watford now boasts weekly volunteering sessions open to all throughout the year with both the Cassiobury Green Gym and the Green Gym at Colne River Park.
Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility director at intu, said: “intu centres are right at the heart of their communities and ‘growing’ Greens Gyms like Cassiobury Park allows us to support the health and wellbeing of people who live and work close to our centres whilst bringing wider benefits to the local area and environment.
“We’re proud to have worked alongside The Conservation Volunteers for 10 years to help restore areas like Cassiobury Park and ensure they become independently-run, volunteer-led initiatives. Delivering this kind of sustainability project means that as each Green Gym becomes independent, we can work with TCV to move our support to new locations, helping even more people."
Douglas Palarm, TCV’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, said: "This is another fantastic success story for community Green Gyms, and testimony to the support of both the council and intu. Especially so, given it is our 10th year anniversary of partnering with intu."
The launch ceremony and official sign unveiling for Cassiobury Park Green Gym as community-run was attended by local volunteers, supporters and representatives from intu, Veolia, TCV, Watford Borough Council staff and Vice Chairman, Cllr. Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, on Wednesday last week.
> The Cassiobury Green Gym meets on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm at the Community Project Site in Cassiobury Park (from Cha Cafe walk past the tennis courts and Bowls Club on your left). It's free to join in, and volunteering for the project is simple and no experience is necessary. For more information, or to join in, please contact Maria Schlatter on 07717 494 476 or email GG-Watford@tcv.org.uk.
> The Colne River Park Green Gym® meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-1pm. For more information, or to join in, please call 07935989890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassiobury Green Gym is launched as an independent group