Business in the Community: The Woodside Project
On Friday 27th May, Higgs & Sons was invited to Woodside Community Primary School in Dudley to help clear its large outdoor area and create an engaging space for their pupils to plant seeds and grow their own vegetables.
The allotment area on site had become very overgrown and in need of some serious tidying up. We were invited to get involved as part of the Business in the Community (BITC) initiative. The scheme aims to create links between local businesses and organisations in order to help tackle some of the key issues facing society, whether educational, economic or environmental.
Armed with an array of tools and gardening gloves a team of nine brave Higgs' volunteers headed to the school for a prompt 9.00am start. It took the team an entire day to tidy and de-weed the planter beds, cut back surrounding trees and bushes and clear the ground of any broken branches, rubbish and vegetation. The allotment looked fantastic following a good tidy up and we hope that the children and staff at Woodside can now enjoy the area and use it to its full potential.
We were also tasked with painting an artistic mural on the brick wall surrounding the garden area. We were given complete 'artistic freedom' to produce a design of our choice and we decided upon an aptly placed cartoon woodland scene. We had great fun preparing the wall, sketching up the design, using vibrant colours and demonstrating our creative flair.
Being able to get involved with BITC schemes is highly rewarding, it is also a great way to enhance team-building skills with work colleagues in an environment outside of the office. Being able to get out into the wider community in order to make a positive difference in some way and get your hands dirty at the same time, is definitely one of the perks of being a trainee at Higgs.
Following the project, Kay Taylor of Woodside Community Primary commented: "The allotment looks fantastic and the mural breath-taking. Higgs has some very talented staff who all worked extremely hard. Woodside is very grateful for all of your efforts."
A great day was had by all and we cannot wait to get involved with more BITC events throughout the course of the year.
Written by Carly Davies