Elderly residents in Fallowfield can now enjoy their gardens again thanks to volunteers from law firm Squire Sanders and Peel Energy Limited, who have joined forces to carry out garden makeovers as part of a ‘Gardening Challenge,’ held in conjunction with Business in the Community and Ladybarn Community Centre.
This is one in a series of activities that the Manchester office carries out each year with Business in the Community, which include organising Christmas and Easter parties at Ladybarn Community Centre.
Stelios Coutsavlis from Squire Sanders who led the project said: “This is the third year that we have taken part in this challenge, and we hope that our efforts will enable local residents to take pleasure in their gardens again.
“From the team’s perspective, this project has encouraged us to leave our desks behind for a day and help make a difference to the lives of local people.”
Jonathan England from Peel Energy said: “Having previously experienced how just a single day’s work can seriously improve the appearance of a garden, and knowing how much it is appreciated by the residents, we were more than happy to return this year and get our hands dirty.”
The team from Squire Sanders who completed the challenge included Olivia Hepworth, Stelios Coutsavlis, Jonathan Brooke, Zoe Moore, Jan Stott, Qasim Mohammed and Chris Wilson.
They were joined by James Hadfield, Mark Flaherty and Thomas Walker from Peel Energy.
Squire Sanders has been a member of Business in the Community since 2004 and regularly encourages employees to step away from their desks and try their hand at community work.