Eeva Sointu, Darren Reed and Merran Toerien, all of the Sociology Department at York recently took part - along with other University of York staff - in the York Cares Big Community Challenge.
We had great fun learning to edge lawns and getting our gloves dirty in the Hull Road Park.
And it's true that a bit of fresh air and a cup of tea under a much needed gazebo (for our break and for sheltering from the downpour that greeted our arrival) can create a sense of camaraderie that will live on beyond the park!
Over three days 270 volunteers from businesses, the community and children from Osbaldwick Primary School helped to transform the park.
Together we built 10 raised beds, planted 12 trees and moved over 30 tonnes of top soil and manure!
This work will make a massive difference to local families and residents, particularly older people with dementia who are supported in the park by York Flourish.
For a collection of stories from the week, take a look at York Cares Twitter as well as coverage on Minster FM website.
Jill Foster, a volunteer from Sainsbury’s also gave this interview to BBC Radio York about the Challenge: see 2:28:00 http://www.bbc.co.uk/p