Volunteers from the Mermaid Quay team spent a day at the nearby Mount Stuart School earlier this week, undertaking various gardening projects including cutting back overgrown trees, putting together garden furniture, cleaning out flower beds & planting new shrubs that will help encourage bees, butterflies and other insect life so that the students can learn about ecology.

The project was part of Mermaid Quay managing agent JLL’s “give and gain day” initiative – which encourages all employees to take part in some kind of charitable or community work for at least one day each year.

The volunteers included Mermaid Quay centre manager Justin Patel, as well as colleagues from the centre’s soft services supplier Interserve and the ET&S Construction building maintenance team.

Mitie Landscaping, which looks after all of Mermaid Quay’s planters, kindly donated a large number of flowers/shrubs, while ET&S Construction helped hire a skip and provided gardening tools & soil.

Afterwards, Justin Patel said:
“It was hard work – and it rained quite a bit – but it was great fun and a pleasure to give something back to our neighbourhood school. We are working closely with the Mount Stuart school on a number of different initiatives including an art project which will see murals at the schools updated with artwork that the children have produced and students’ artwork on display around Mermaid Quay.”

Mount Stuart headmistress Helen Borley said:
“Despite the cold wind, the team of workers from Mermaid Quay spent a whole day with us doing the jobs around the school site which never seem to get done! They helped us fell some trees that desperately needed sorting out to open up an area which we intend to develop as a quiet playtime space.

They also helped us revamp and replant some raised beds, providing us with new plants, soil and completing a series of repairs. They toiled relentlessly all day, kept smiling and we can’t thank them enough for the work they managed to get done within such a short space of time. Thank you so much, from the pupils of Mount Stuart Primary.”