Aon Guernsey staff dig wildlife pond for Forest Primary School

August 1st, 2010 by Aon

To mark the occasion of the Aon logo appearing on the Manchester United football shirt on 15 July 2010, Aon colleagues worldwide participated in projects that demonstrate Aon’s commitment to serving their community.

In Guernsey eight members of staff, supported by five staff from Amalgamated Facilities Management created a wildlife pond in the new wilderness area at Forest Junior School.

Solly Bourne of Aon led the project. “We asked for suggestions from the local community for suitable projects and the Forest School came forward with the idea of building a wildlife pond and bog to enhance the wilderness area the school was creating.

With 2010 designated the International Year of Biodiversity and International Year of Youth this project felt right, as well as getting us out from behind our desks for a day. At Aon we aim to improve our sustainability by reducing our impact on the environment. We recycle wherever possible in the office and provide shower and changing facilities for staff who cycle to work. This project allowed us to go one step further and have a positive environmental impact.”

Yvonne, Laura, Neil, former Forest School pupil Laura, Justin, Helen and Lora of Aon constructing the deck and fence guided by John and Stuart of AFM (click image to expand)

“Building a wildlife pond from scratch in a corner of field presented a challenge. AFM look after our building and, luckily for us, were happy to help out. The ground was so hard John and Stuart of AFM had to dig out the bulk of the pond the afternoon before by mini digger. With an early start on Thursday we finished shaping the hole, smoothed out the edges, lined the pond and built a decked viewing area with a fence for safety.”

Other Local businesses; Stan Brouard, Project Hire, Avery and Toussaint, RH Gaudion, The Airport Fire Service and B&Q, pitched in with tools and materials, either free or discounted.

The finished pond at Forest Primary School (click image to expand)

The pond and the adjoining bog area will form part of a wilderness area which will be allowed to mature naturally. The school hopes it will eventually include an outdoor classroom enhancing the children’s learning by providing a site where they can look at and interact with the environment.

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