Blakemore volunteers transform sheltered housing

Green fingered employees from A F Blakemore’s wholesale division have swapped picking trucks for plants and shovels to create a tranquil garden area at a women’s refuge in Wolverhampton.

Six volunteers from Blakemore Wholesale’s Apex II distribution warehouse in Great Bridge spent four days transforming a disused area into a kitchen garden and relaxation area at Jericho House Sheltered Accommodation in Wolverhampton. They painted a seating area, planted two vegetable and herb beds and created a relaxation area using fragrant plants and flowers.

The project took place as part of the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading, where delegates carry out community volunteering activity to demonstrate skills learnt.

Jericho House Sheltered Accommodation is move-on accommodation for single women and women with children who have suffered domestic violence and/or abuse.

Vicki Cureton, Jericho House, Wolverhampton said: “A million thanks to Sarah and the team from A.F. Blakemore who have totally transformed our garden area. We now have a fully planted vegetable area, a tranquil space complete with flowers and herbs and a beautiful clean garden area for service users to enjoy. We are truly grateful.”

Sarah Riaz, Blakemore Wholesale transport admin assistant added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge with this gardening project and had a very good team to work alongside, everyone on the project worked very hard and we are proud of the end result. I was very pleased Jericho House was happy with the garden and hope they enjoy the garden area much more now.”

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