The Derwent Group and facilities management partners AEJ Management and ABM have completed more than 200 hours of community clean-up as part of the Great British Spring Clean, 2019.
Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the Great British Spring clean is a national event between 22nd March and 23rd April and is designed to encourage communities to cut litter, end waste, improve public places and educate future generations.
Derwent Groups’ employees and staff from AEJ Management and ABM tackled 10 problem areas close to Derwent’s retail and commercial office assets in the North West and Yorkshire, over a two-day period.
Litter pickers worked on rubbish-strewn sites close to Junction One Retail Park in Wallasey, Wavertree Retail Park in Wavertree, JunctionNINE Retail Park in Warrington, White City Retail Park in Manchester, Lancaster Business Park, Kilner Way in Sheffield and the banks of the River Irwell, close to Cardinal House in Manchester City Centre.
Peter Gilliland, Head of Property Management at Derwent Estates, part of The Derwent Group, said: “The Great British Spring Clean is a really important initiative as it highlights the importance of taking environmental responsibility for the communities we live in.
“We strive to be a good neighbour wherever we own and operate sites, so it seemed only right to tackle some of the problem areas that blight the local communities close to our shopping parks, centres and office buildings. The team has transformed a mixture of spaces from wasteland and walkways, through to river banks, roadsides and fishing ponds. It’s amazing to see how much difference they’ve made from a relatively small commitment of time and effort.”
Kevin Jarvis from AEJ Management said: “We collected more than 30 bags of litter over two days and have transformed some neglected and unkept areas. Walkways, hedgerows and riverbanks are notoriously bad for collecting litter so it’s great to know that we have done our bit to keep Britain tidy.”
The Derwent Group is part of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation and operates in the retail, leisure, industrial and commercial sectors. The group’s retail portfolio extends to 1.74m sq ft across nine retail parks in the north of England.