Balfour Beatty volunteers rolled up their sleeves to improve the outside space at Avonmouth Community Centre, the hub of Avonmouth Village, in March. The garden had become run down, overgrown, and uninviting for the centre's users.
Despite pouring rain and muddy conditions, the team worked tirelessly - clearing vegetation and weeds, digging over beds, planting new shrubs and plants, installing bird boxes and bug houses and clearing the footpaths of dead leaves, weeds, and litter. A hedgehog was found and rehomed during the clearance too!
It is hoped that the transformed garden will positively contribute to the centre achieving its vision which looks to ensure that, 'all residents living in Avonmouth enjoy a high quality of life, are able to achieve their economic, social and educational goals, and are part of a strong, prosperous and caring local community.'
The Hinkley Connection Project contractors at Balfour Beatty were helpful from start to finish when we were transforming the space. Our users and our Chair of Trustees gasped with delight when they saw the finished work!
The space has already been used for Easter events and local residents will soon be able to enjoy teas and coffees throughout the summer here too.
Centre Manager Rachael Craig said, "We had a wonderful day shaping the new garden, despite the challenging rainy weather and we're so grateful to the team. The Hinkley Connection team were helpful from start to finish when we were transforming the space. Our users and our Chair of Trustees gasped with delight when they saw the finished work!"
Meanwhile, work continues just down the road from the centre with the transformation of an outdoor learning space at Avonmouth School. In December, after working closely with the school to agree a new design, contractors Ground Control and Balfour Beatty started work to give the space a much needed makeover.