Our Parklife Community Interest Company (CIC) is a social enterprise on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park designed to help deliver the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games through employment, volunteering and training and providing services on the Park. Groundwork London is one of the founding partners, along with Renaisi, The Landscape Group and ENGIE. This is a truly innovative joint venture, being the first CIC to bring together skills and experience from the private, charitable and social enterprise sectors in one company.
Volunteering was one of the great successes of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our Parklife manages the Park Champion Volunteer programme on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation with over 700 registered volunteers.
Groundwork delivers the Conservation Volunteering strand of this programme on behalf of Our Parklife. Since January 2015, 91 Conservation Volunteers have given 1818 hours of their time to plant 5000 bulbs; make and install 80 bird, bug and bat boxes; coppice willow; survey wildlife and trees and much more.
Rowan Longhurst, General Manager of Our Parklife said, "It’s about creating opportunities for local people to benefit from, and get involved in, as many different aspects of the Park as possible, while providing a great service to Park visitors. It’s so great to see volunteers helping deliver Park services, sharing their energy, knowledge and passion."
Rowan shares her experience and advice from our first year of activity in this Renaisi blog.
View our first annual report, setting out the progress we’ve made in our first year of operation since the Park reopened in April 2014.