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Brett 110 - Volunteering For Nature And Community

Lots of our employees have been volunteering with local organisations and charities, many of them lending a helping hand with projects to improve or maintain outdoor spaces for the benefit of the community and/or wildlife.

Every employee of the Brett Group has been given the opportunity to take a paid day off work and volunteer their services at a local charity of their choosing to mark the Brett Group's 110th anniversary as an independent business. Each person is also able to present a cheque for £110 to their chosen worthy cause on behalf of the company.

Eco Garden Makeover

22 colleagues from Brett Landscaping and Building Products joined forces with a Brett Approved Installer and local suppliers to transform the Eco Garden at Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough, which cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The Brett team renovated the garden, installed a wheelchair-friendly pathway and patio area both of which were created with donated paving products. They also helped to organise Rainbows’ storeroom, sorting donated clothes and labelling items ready to sell in the charity’s shop, as well as redecorating a portacabin used by volunteers. The group were delighted to hand over a cheque for £3,300 to the charity on behalf of Brett. 

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And we received this lovely thank you from Rainbows Hospice!...

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Our volunteers on the day were: Chris Adcock, Lyndsay Bale, Sid Elliott-Beer, Charlie Brown, Nicola Cope, Daniel Edmonds, Stuart Flinter, Sarah Hastings, Kim Herbert, Jess Hogg, Kelly Hutchins, Calvin Jackson,  Liam McArthur, Briony Morgan, Oliver Newbold, Michelle Pearson, Simon Potter, Shaun Rees, Gillian Rix, Duncan Robertson, Jo Taylor and Phil Watson.

Tree Clearing for Nature

Another seven volunteers, this time from Robert Brett House and Brett Aggregates, spent a day helping the Essex Wildlife Trust at its Chafford Gorges nature reserve, a 200-acre former quarry which closed in the 1950s, part of which now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the plant life found there.

Working alongside members of the Trust, the Brett team was tasked with clearing scrub and silver birch trees which were impacting the quality of the habitat. At the end of a hard day’s work, the team had removed around 100 unwanted trees, mostly around 10m tall, and were able to present a cheque for £770 to Essex Wildlife Trust. 

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Our volunteers on the day were: Tracey Bentley, Dave Gent, Tom Shenton, Martin Smith, Kyran Standing, Simon Treacy and Angela Watts

Picnic Space In A Kentish Orchard

An old orchard site in the middle of the village of Littlebourne, near Canterbury was treated to a makeover in early October, thanks to the efforts of four volunteers from Brett Concrete. Turner’s Orchard is a haven for wildlife and a popular community space, where locals can enjoy nature and picnic among the large traditional apple trees. 

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Peter Fowkes, Chris Punnett, Dave Sackett and Andy Williamson from Brett Concrete had a busy day trimming hedges, picking fruit, cutting back brambles, staining picnic tables and clearing dykes, leaving Turner’s Orchard neat and tidy for its visitors to enjoy.

 

The 110 years employee initiative will run to the end of the year