Allotment Makeover Leaves Students ‘made-up’!
Osborne Property Services have worked with students at Whitefield Academy – a local school for students with special educational needs – to give a much needed re-vamp to their allotment.
Working in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Osborne repair and maintain the council’s 12,500 homes, and are committed to supporting projects in the local community.
Osborne and partners, Aston Group, funded the work to build a new path, create raised vegetable beds, fix the greenhouse, re-paint and create new potting tables for the allotment which is an important part of school life.
Community Investment Manager for Osborne, Neal Allison said:
“The team worked brilliantly with the students and they achieved a great deal together.
“We organized the work to suit the different abilities of the students and it was fantastic to see all of them challenging themselves to have a go at various activities from sawing and drilling to painting. After the work was completed, it was hugely rewarding for us to see the students making use of their green space.”
Whitefield Academy’s Dawn Groome said:
“The teachers and students at Whitefield are so grateful to Osborne and Astons. Their help with the allotment has helped us to complete the project at a much faster rate than we could ever have achieved on our own. It’s beginning to feel like a proper allotment now and a decent space for our students to learn in and enjoy. Not only that, the experience was such a positive one for the students. They came back into school full of enthusiasm and asking when they could do work like that again!”
Whitefield School’s Principal, Laura Pease, said: “This is a wonderful example of community support which is enabling our students learn some important life skills and experience the natural world. We are very appreciative of Osborne’s help.”