Francois encouraged a group of local residents to pursue their green-fingered aspirations and sign up for a shared allotment, and as part of Wates’ annual Community Day (which sees employees donating a day of their time to make a tangible difference to the communities in which they work), a team from Wates Living Space turned out in force on a spring day in May 2015 to create the new community growing space at Erith Park.
The Wates Living Space team downed tools on the construction site to help the community transform overgrown land at the allotment, by clearing weeds and erecting a new shed with decking. A starter kit of garden tools was also provided to ensure that residents could continue to cultivate the land. The first plants were laid in the ground shortly after.
Lawrence Baxter, Construction Manager at Wates Living Space, commented: “This was an excellent way to bring together the local community and unite them under a common cause. As a business, Wates Living Space is committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the communities where we work and our annual community day is a great way to do this. We had a great time working with the residents of Erith Park. I hope they will soon start to enjoy the fruits of their labour and continue to do so for many years to come.”
Francois Jensen, Community Engagement Officer, commented: “The allotment is a great way to nurture strong community ties at Erith Park. Volunteers will get the opportunity to meet new people and support each other throughout the year, working together to cultivate a thriving plot. We hope that, as new residents move into Erith Park, the number of volunteers will continue to grow.”