Mears, the leading social housing and maintenance repairs provider, has undertaken a garden construction project, free of charge, in a bid to answer one of the Woodside School's long term goals - 'to bring classroom learning to the great outdoors'.
Taking just five weeks to fulfil, an overgrown area of the school's playing field has been transformed. Now a number of raised flower beds are available for the children of Woodside Children's Centre and Infant School and Woodside Junior School to get close to nature and experience firsthand its delights.
In addition to designing the garden, clearing the area, constructing planters, carving a 'W' into each one, and laying bark to create a safe and attractive floor, over 200 bulbs were planted by the Mears volunteer team, school children and teachers. Travis Perkins, a partner of Mears, donated a JCB for the duration of the project and Continental Landscapes donated the bark.
"It's always great to see a project come together," explains Mark Soffe, Croydon Branch Manager for Mears. "Working with the schools has been an absolute pleasure and this particular project is a perfect example of how we support the communities within which we operate."
Renowned for its CSR projects which, collectively, have become an integral part of the company's culture, Mears Croydon nominated Woodside Junior School based on the school's requirements, its teamwork attitude and approach.
Head teacher Chris Wier is thrilled with the result: "The garden is spectacular and the children are already reaping the reward - and no doubt will continue to for years to come. To be able to provide another dimension to learning with practical outdoor activities is fantastic and working in partnership with Mears and the Children's Centre and Infant School has been great"
About Mears Mears Group is the leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider in the UK and has a growing presence in the domiciliary care market (delivered through Careforce). In addition, Mears has a strong presence in mechanical and engineering through Haydon. The company employs more than 6000 people to maintain, repair and upgrade people's homes and conduct work to improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. Mears focuses on the provision of social housing within the community sector and carries out more than 3,000 repairs each day to 500,000 houses nationwide. Mears also provides over 85,000 hours of domiciliary care each week to over 13,000 people per year. With a forward order book of over £1billion, Mears has secured long-term contracts with Local Authorities and Registered Social Housing Landlords. Issued on behalf of Mears Group by Montpellier PR. For further editorial information please contact: Philip Hicks, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Pringle, email: email@example.comMontpellier PRTel: 01242 262 977