Gardening to remember
Eight hours of strenuous gardening was the order of the day when staff from Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust took time off to help out at Bore Place, Chiddingstone, home of the Commonwork Trust.
The 22–strong team spent the day clearing a stream of debris and weeds, made a new raised bed and planted up existing ones as well as putting in fruit bushes and trees, including organic blackcurrants and gooseberries.
They were taking part in the annual Bill Rouse Day of Caring when Liberty’s more than 350 staff in the UK and USA spend a day helping their communities in memory of the company’s founder Bill Rouse, who died in 2003.
The Commonwork Trust is a charitable organisation set in 500 acres of countryside, encompassing an organic dairy farm, organic market gardens, conference centre and environmental education centre as well as programmes to provide opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
"It is a great privilege for Commonwork to be chosen to benefit from Liberty’s team event this year and to welcome them to Bore Place”, said trustee Linda Davies who worked alongside the team.
“The Commonwork Trust would like to say a very big thank you to team members for all the hard work that they put into making such a big difference to the site. Their planting, clearing and other efforts will have a long lasting impact and be enjoyed and appreciated by all who use Bore Place."
Liberty’s managing director Andrew Blevins said: “As well as helping a very worthwhile organisation, the day allows us to remember Bill Rouse in a way he would have liked and reminds us that we are part of a much wider community.”
The Bill Rouse Day of Caring takes place on the Friday nearest to Bill’s birthday, June 19. Projects Liberty staff have been involved in so far include Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled; Spadeworks; Burham Youth Club; Maidstone Centre for the Homeless; Help the Aged Day Centre in West Malling; two Scout camp sites in Loose and Sittingbourne; the Quest School in Offham, Dandelion Time in West Farleigh; Rock UK Carroty Wood Adventure Centre, Tonbridge, the Scotts Project Trust, also in Tonbridge and the Springboard Project in Horsham.