West Midlands Team Transform School Grounds
“It was like having DIY SOS or Groundforce here for the day – it was absolutely brilliant!”

Bronwen Gleave, head teacher at Hugo Meynell CofE Primary in Loggerheads, Staffordshire was overjoyed with the results when a 14-strong Wain Homes team turned up to transform the school’s outdoor garden areas.

Led by managing director Andy Peters, the volunteers arrived with a digger and dumper truck and armed with spades and wheelbarrows after the school requested help through our Helping Hands initiative.

In the school’s memorial garden the team re-rendered the garden wall, put down fresh stones and repositioned rocks, cut back overgrown bushes and set to, weeding flower beds and replanting.

A new wildflower garden and wildlife area has been developed as part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations and the team cut back overgrown vegetation, removed old tyre flower beds cleared and replanted plots and staked information signs. The commemorative top of the village beacon – lit to mark the anniversary and donated by the Parish Council - is now a fitting centrepiece for the garden.

The school is within walking distance of Shropshire Heights, our first development in the West Midlands, which is already taking shape with the first new homes to be released for sale later this year.

Managing Director Andy Peters said: “Our new development will be part of the village community and as a responsible developer we wanted to play our part during the build process.

“Every member of the team wanted to get involved and knowing they were able to make a difference was really important. We can’t wait for the children to see the garden when they return after summer.”

Bronwen added: “It is such a wonderful initiative and shows the community working together and will benefit local children for years to come. The whole team were lovely, very enthusiastic and committed to completing the job. We truly cannot thank them enough.”

We are still on the lookout for more charities and community groups who want the support of a team of Helping Hands. To request support, email helpinghands@wainhomes.co.uk or click here to find out more.