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York Starbucks Staff Get Green Fingered

Starbucks Greenfields 020813

10:56am 2nd August 2013

Starbucks at Monks Cross Shopping has been closed for a store refit and will open again today, Friday 2 August.

During its refit the staff from the Monks Cross store have made good use of their time by volunteering at Greenfields School and Community Garden on Haxby Road.  Headed up by store manager, Jane Smith-Kirk, the team will be helping with weeding, watering and building some new raised beds.

Commenting on their community volunteering Jane said: “We all know it is great to be able to give something back to our own communities, but our busy lives often stop us from actually doing so.  With Starbucks at Monks Cross being closed for a few days for the store refit it seemed too good an opportunity to miss and we jumped at the chance of helping at Greenfields School and Community Garden.  We really enjoyed the work and seeing the difference we can make to the garden was rewarding; we’re already used to working well as a team, but this was obviously something very different to our day jobs so it was a bit of a challenge!”

Greenfields School and Community Garden is a voluntary group who work to transform an unloved field into a flourishing garden, full of fruit and vegetables.  The voluntary group work with local residents and school children to make Greenfields a pleasant place to be and somewhere to grow food that can be used by the school and community.

Louise Cantlay Chairperson, Greenfields: School and Community Garden said: “Having groups of volunteers like Starbucks means we can get the big jobs done quicker. We have been very fortunate in attracting groups to help and they've really made a huge difference. A team volunteer day is always great fun and we are more than happy to host them. We'd also like to see more individuals come along and get involved with the everyday stuff like weeding, watering and at this time of year harvesting the produce. Come along to our weed and water session every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm.”

For more information about volunteering at Greenfields School and Community Garden email yorkgreenfields@gmail.com

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