Colliers International staff take a walk on the wild side 21.07.2011Staff from Colliers International in Birmingham went back to nature for a day to help spruce up a local environmental education centre. Around 50 people from the property firm’s national rating team, including 24 from Birmingham, took a day out of the office to help staff at the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s EcoPark in Small Heath with various maintenance jobs around the park, including re-roofing a bird hide, re-laying broken bricks on paths, trimming back vegetation and clearing rubbish. The initiative was part of Colliers International’s annual Development Day, which provides employees with the opportunity to spend a day helping out at local community projects. John Webber, Birmingham-based national head of rating at Colliers International, said: “Birmingham EcoPark is an important educational resource for many schools in the region, giving local children the opportunity to learn about nature in a stimulating and interactive environment. As a Development Day project it ticked a lot of boxes, both in terms of giving something back to the local community and involving staff in team building activities.” Opened in 1997, the EcoPark is the Wildlife Trust’s education centre in Birmingham. It offers national curriculum linked environmental education activities to schools across Birmingham and the Black Country, with thousands of young people taking part in the activities each year.