The eighth Big Volunteer Day at Mudchute Farm near Valero's Westferry offices in London saw the focus move to the small animals' area in the schools section. The work included ripping out animal pens, clearing the area, putting protective sheets and hay racks on the walls, then installing new fencing. The new area can be divided into slots of five or left as one big area, much more flexible for the needs of animals. At the end of the day, two rams took up residence in the refurbished space.

Maggie Hilaire, Executive Assistant, pre-planned the day with the staff of Mudchute and organised the 65 volunteers into project teams.

“There were two empty areas that are now proud owners of roofs, with gates, making new storage areas. We also revisited a project we did some years ago creating small habitat boxes. Time had been kind to them, they still looked good and we just replanted and tidied them up. They looked really good at the end.

“Also, we built a new aviary, which was a flat-pack build but it needed a base of sand and then astro-turf. This work is near the Texaco classroom, which we named over 20 years ago when we first started working with Mudchute. They still have lots of school groups in there during term time."