Volunteers from Deloitte recently joined the National Trust for the Cayman Islands to spruce up the outside of Bodden Town’s Mission House.

“We would like to thank the group of volunteers, it was a great effort, they worked hard and made a big difference.”

Armed with machetes, chain saws, knives and rakes, the group swapped suits for T-shirts and went to work clearing overgrown logwood from a section of the Mission House grounds on Friday, Oct. 14, the company’s annual “IMPACT Day.”

Glen Mernett, team leader of the group, said on IMPACT Day, the Deloitte office closes and staff go into the community to work on a variety of projects. The Mission House project, he said, was organized by Deloitte staffer Krista Hoyles. Projects are chosen by the company’s social committee, headed by partner Cindy Hislop.

Paul Watler, National Trust environmental programs manager, and field officer Stuart Mailer assisted the group with cutting down the big trees and placing them on a truck provided by the National Trust.

According to Mr. Mailer, logwood is an invasive species once cultivated for dye making that is harmful to native vegetation. The Trust is attempting to remove it from all of its properties so plants that truly belong will have room to grow.

“On behalf of the National Trust, we would like to thank the group of volunteers. It was a great effort, they worked hard and made a big difference,” Mr. Mailer said.

Deloitte partners Mike Penner and Nick Kedney were also on hand in Bodden Town Friday, joining with company staff on the volunteer projects.

“Helping the National Trust is something we enjoy doing and we’re glad to make a difference,” Mr. Penner said.

Mr. Kedney said the historic Mission House is one of his favorite places on the island.

“It’s a beautiful peaceful spot and I love coming here,” he said. “We are keeping it tidy, removing the bush from out back, so that it can be preserved for future visitors and locals to enjoy.”

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