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Litter-picking for team-building

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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A GROUP of Cornwall Council employees carried out a beach-clean as part of the March Clean Cornwall event as a team-building exercise.

Each year the Cornwall Council Affordable Housing Team make use of the council's employee volunteering scheme, which allows staff to take two days' additional leave in order to carry out voluntary work.

Morwenna Milburn, senior business manager for the Affordable Housing Team, explained how each year, they use the scheme as a chance to get the employees together for an activity that will be of some benefit to others.

Mowenna said: "We look at the Volunteer Cornwall projects and vote on which we would like to do.

"Earlier this year, we all voted to carry out a beach-clean at Perranporth as part of the Clean Cornwall Week campaign."

Being spread across several sites, the team of 14 employees find few opportunities to get together, and saw the beach-clean as an ideal opportunity for some team bonding away from the office.

Morwenna said: "It was a great day; it was brilliant to get away from the office as a group and to do something a bit different.

"We worked on a small section of the beach, and the nine of us able to attend collected 27 bags of rubbish. Looking at the results afterwards, we felt like we had achieved something together.

"We also saw first-hand the damage discarded fishing wire can do to marine wildlife. Among the various items of rubbish, such as food wrappers was a dead gannet with fishing wire around its neck."

The council employee went on to say how the day overall was a great success, with everyone enjoying themselves, and that they would all be keen to carry out another beach-clean.

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