Redrow trainees help urban school garden turn over a new leaf

Liverpool schoolchildren are now able to put their green fingers to the test and learn about nature thanks to a lot of hard work from Redrow trainees.

The housebuilder’s team of trainees joined forces with children’s charity Ykids to help transform the overgrown and abandoned outside area at The Hawthorne’s Free School in Bootle into a beautifully blooming garden.

Redrow undergraduates and technical trainees from all over the country, along with schools pupils and Ykids volunteers, planned and designed the new garden together. It now has areas for children to not only grow plants and vegetables but also relax, socialise, perform and invite the community to visit.

What’s more, a gardening club has now been set up, The Quad Squad, to ensure that the new garden is kept tidy and the pupils can take part in its upkeep as part of their learning.

Team member Luke Summers, a technical trainee based at Redrow’s South West headquarters in Bristol, said: “Creating the garden was a real team effort. Everyone pulled their weight, even the youngest children happily pushed wheelbarrows.

“As part of our Redrow training programme we undertake a number of community projects and we particularly enjoyed this one as we could walk away knowing what a huge difference it will make to the school’s staff, the children and the wider community. There’s also the opportunity for them to carry on the work and put their own stamp on it.

“There was no budget, we simply made use of Redrow’s extensive supply chain. It was great how everyone came together to support the project. The materials and the help we received over the three days was amazing.”

The school is supported by Ykids, a charity that works to improve the lives of children and young people in Bootle.

Claire Morgans, Ykids manager added: “We’re extremely grateful to Redrow for their help on this project. Everyone worked incredibly hard and the space is now a fantastic area for peace and learning as well as for clubs and events. The staff love it too as they can have their lunch and relax in a lovely spot. It’s an urban school so to create this kind of space for children, most of whom don’t have access to a garden at home, is just fantastic.”

As part of its commitment to developing and training young people, Redrow runs a number of in-house programmes including a technical trainee scheme and an undergraduate 12-month work placement scheme. The technical trainees that took part in the garden project were: Brianne Asbury (Midlands), Callum Baldwin (Lancashire), Jonathan Jones (NW), Lawrence Royal (South Wales), Matthew Jack (South East), Peter Booth (Yorkshire) and Luke Summers (South West). And the undergraduates were Georgina Hallan (Midlands), Michael Glass (South Midlands) and Steve Curran (Lancashire).

Redrow’s suppliers that provided materials and / or labour were: Pharoah Fencing Ltd, Land Struction, Jewsons, TC Landscaping, Elmtree Garden Contractors Ltd, B&Q Aintree,, Sefton Meadows Garden Centre, Create Landscaping, Kenny Waste Management, Moran Wood Components, The Street Nameplate Company Ltd and JJM.

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Currently celebrating its 40th year, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Redrow also collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 and 2013 What House? Awards; the award for best marketing initiative at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.