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Balfour Beatty lends a hand – on behalf of Balfour Beatty Living Places

Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) has been lending a helping hand to leading learning disability charity Brandon Trust.

Eight members of the team spent a day Brandon’s Eaton Barn in Stoke Prior near Leominster making the grounds more attractive.

BBLP’s Locality Steward Philip Pankhurst was one of the volunteers: “We assisted with clearing vegetation and carrying out general grounds maintenance activities such as pruning and moving six tonnes of timber.

“We had the use of some heavy duty ride on mowers which proved invaluable on the day as we were able to clear large areas which haven’t been used for the past three years.”

Brandon Trust looks after the provision of day services for people with learning disabilities across Herefordshire. 

Tim Gray from Brandon said the support of corporate volunteer groups like BBLP was vitally important, helping them to enhance spaces and create opportunities that statutory funding cannot always provide.

He said: “Projects like this enable volunteers to engage with their local community, and give freedom and choice back to the people we support.”

Brandon Trust Inclusion Coordinator Catherine Baker added: “It was a really nice day for everyone and the volunteers were a great help. They cleared an overgrown area and footpath at the horticultural project so we could have better access and more space.”

Andy Williams, BBLP Contract Director, said the company supports the community through its volunteering programme which enables staff to spend two paid days a year helping local charities.

BBLP is Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor and is involved in a number of community projects.

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