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F3GROUP take a step back in time for a good cause

Posted on 25 June 2016

Groundwork will be guiding the F3GROUP on a journey through time this Friday (24 June) to experience a true taste of history by revitalising parts of the historic Michelham Priory. 

Groundwork has recently joined up with Michelham, part of Sussex Past, to run corporate volunteering days, providing companies with an engaging, fun-filled opportunity to get involved in a variety of grounds maintenance, horticultural and construction activities.  Corporate volunteers are an invaluable source of support as the property and gardens run solely on donations, entry and hire fees and relies on volunteers to help maintain the seven acre grounds.

The priory, which dates back to 1229, and the surrounding site are steeped in history which allows volunteers and visitors alike to experience a timeline of history, from the Bronze Age roundhouses to the excitement of medieval jousting re-enactments to the tastes and smells of the Victorian Kitchen Garden.

As part of the jam-packed day of volunteering, F3GROUP will be working with Michelham’s Head Gardener to create a bark path on the woodland walk, prepare a site for wild meadow planting and help clear up the moat by tackling an invasive species of Himalayan balsam.

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s National Chief Executive said: “We’re really pleased to be working with F3GROUP on this volunteering event.  By taking the time to volunteer at Michelham Priory, staff will ensure local people can continue to enjoy a well-kept, engaging local space steeped in history.  

“The work that F3GROUP put into transforming the site will go a long way to ensure that the space is ready for both the volunteers to pick up the baton and visitors to enjoy their hard work and feel they have made a massive difference to the local community by helping to preserve such a much-loved local space.”

Keith Taylor, Chief Operating Officer at F3GROUP said: “We are delighted to be part of this revitalising project as our annual team challenge day. We thoroughly look forward to collaborating with both parties and hope to engender a sense of ownership and pride in our historic heritage which will certainly help with its long term future.”

For more information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer on or call 0121 237-5815.