More than 50 workers gave their time and energy to complete 12 charity challenges on February’s ‘extra day’.
With 2012 being a leap year, Daventry and District Housing (DDH) offered its employees the chance to spend Wednesday last week transforming the area as part of its first ‘Making a Difference’ day.
Local community groups were invited to submit projects, with 12 selected to tackle throughout the day.
They included creating a new outdoor reading area for pupils at Southbrook Junior School, a spring clean at the Fishponds and the Southbrook estate, a new garden for under-fives at Daventry East Sure Start Children’s Centre and newly-painted visitor facilities at Daventry Country Park.
And trees were planted and fencing improved at Cotton End Park, Long Buckby.
Karen Young, crèche lead at Daventry East Sure Start Children’s Centre, said: “We are so grateful that some of the team could spend the day with us. They achieved a huge amount.
“The decking has been re-stained, the wall has a new mural and the garden has been revamped with new planters and a woodchip surface.
“The whole area looks so much more inviting and now the children have somewhere to play and get involved in planting up new plants and flowers.
“We would never have been able to achieve it on our own.”
Nick Roberts, from Long Buckby Green Spaces, which is turning Cotton End Park into a community park, said: “The team were extremely enthusiastic and really got stuck into the work at the park.
“This included planting hedgerows, removing barbed wire from fencing and improving the access track to the park.
“It has really helped to keep moving the project forward.
“Daventry and District Housing has also supported us by providing funding for new benches and picnic tables so it was great to have the team involved in practical aspects of the work too.”
Ciara McMillan, community and partnership manager at DDH, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff that took part, and those who stayed back at the office to enable the challenge to take place.
“Together the teams really have made a big difference and we hope to be able to build on the relationships made through the various projects in future.”