A garden of fun!
The life of a trainee isn't always just piles of paper and networking events - we like to give back to the community too, and that's just what we did in February when a group of us from Higgs went to help out at Hawbush Community Gardens.
As part of our 'Business in the Community' strategy, we got in touch with a community garden near to the Higgs & Sons offices in Brierley Hill, which were in desperate need of some TLC. A local volunteer, Ken Smith, had managed to make a huge difference so far, but it was in need of some extra manpower - something we could definitely offer!
We arrived at 9:00am on a cold and rainy February morning, to a very cheerful Ken and his Border Collie, Jess. He briefed us on the history of the garden and told us his goals. We split into groups and set to work. Some preened, others dug, and silence quickly fell as everyone concentrated hard on the work ahead. By mid morning we could see some progress, but all of us could appreciate the hard work that Ken and the other volunteers had already put in. The main purpose was to clear as much of the overgrown garden as possible, and make it an accessible, pretty and enjoyable place to visit.
The gardens are in the centre of Brierley Hill and next to a school. Over a period of years the gardens had been left to ruin and had become an overgrown dumping ground. The eventual aim was to help educate children in the local area in various horticultural activities, and provide a local allotment for residents on the estate.
By mid afternoon we had made a huge difference, with a giant pile of rubbish ready to be taken away and excess greenery ready to go on the bonfire. With the help of Ken and the team we managed to clear a path and tidy up much of the area.
It's days like this which make me appreciate nature, and how good giving back to the community is. Seeing the appreciation from Ken and the community was really rewarding, and the day gardening certainly taught us all a thing or two!
Written by Emma Hadley