GREEN-FINGERED youngsters can spend their time in much improved garden areas thanks to the work of kind-hearted company staff.
Catcote School Business and Enterprise College’s sensory garden for students aged 11-19 and the future’s garden for students aged 19 and older were given a once over with overgrown trees chopped town, bushes trimmed and walls painted.
The improvements to the outdoor areas came about thanks to the support of staff at Steria, the IT-enabled business services provider which works in partnership with Cleveland Police.
Steria’s employees volunteer in various community programmes and the staff all pull together on one specific day to make a difference during their One Day Challenge.
And that’s exactly what Suzy Vaughan, head of Steria’s criminal justice unit and the unit’s staff did for Catcote School.
Suzy contacted the school’s headteacher, Alan Chapman, detailing her plans to help out in the community and Mr Chapman set the two gardening challenges.
The volunteers then cleaned up and improved the sensory garden before getting to work on the future’s garden, a bit of waste land near to the old Brierton School site.
“We have chopped down trees and bushes, painted a shed, painted a wall, dug out weeds, cleared paths and done even more in the sensory garden,” said Suzy, who has got even more planned to improve the area.
Flower arrangements are being made for the garden and work is also underway on a new display spelling out Catcote.
Suzy has also asked for stencils of the hands of six youngsters with severe disabilities who use the garden as part of another garden wall display.
The future’s garden has also been transformed and landscaped thanks to the hard work of the dedicated volunteers.
Tree stumps have been cut down, weeds and ivy removed and raised beds put in place while Suzy plans to design a 3D wall in the outdoor area.
Debbie Joyce from Steria’s marketing and communications department, thanked a host of businesses for support and donations to the project, adding: “It was an excellent opportunity for Suzy and the other volunteers to be involved with in the community and provided a much improved environment for the children.
“Suzy and two other members of staff had visited the school beforehand to assess the scope of work involved.
“They were given a tour of the school and were overwhelmed by the facilities provided for the students.”