Report of the Director of Open Spaces (copy attached).
The Committee considered a report of the Director of Open Spaces, which reviewed volunteer working on the City’s open spaces over the previous year. Volunteer activity across all of the City’s open spaces in 2011/12 amounted to over 46,000 hours worked, an increase of 1,132 hours on the previous year.
The Superintendent advised that Ashtead Common had the largest number of volunteer hours of all the City Commons. In response to a Member’s concern that there were now too many volunteers, the Superintendent advised that the Volunteer Leaders who were currently undergoing training would begin to allocate tasks and disseminate relevant information to volunteers, which would reduce the amount of staff time required to manage them. The Superintendent also advised that volunteers were undertaking a wider variety of tasks than previously and were currently involved in reptile and tree surveys.
The Committee recognised the benefit of having a large number of volunteers and commended the work undertaken by them.