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Crawley’s Anniversary Garden spruced up by volunteers

A new sensory garden has been created in Crawley’s Anniversary Garden with help from volunteers at an electricity company.

From Press releases - 23 April 2015 12:00 AM

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A new sensory garden has been created in Crawley’s Anniversary Garden with help from volunteers at an electricity company.

Six staff at UK Power Networks, Hazelwick Avenue, weeded, planted and watered at West Green Park, Ifield Road, yesterday (April 22) with Crawley Borough Council’s horticultural team.

Scented herbs like rosemary and lavender were planted alongside textured grasses, acers and a cherry tree to create an area bursting with smells, textures and colours.

Michael Hardman, who works in the company’s asset management team, said: “It was a beautiful day and the project went well. We cleared weeds out of four beds, spread manure and planted roses to add summer colour inside low box hedges.

“It was great getting everyone together to improve the park. The council’s horticultural team appreciated our help and we hope to work with them again on further projects. All the beds needed was a bit of TLC to add colour and attract wildlife.

“I live in Crawley, our company is based here and we care about our local community. This was my first volunteering challenge and it was a chance to get involved in our community and show the public we are more than a corporate entity.”

The Anniversary Garden opened in 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Crawley as a new town.

UK Power Networks keeps the lights on for 8.1million customers in the South East, London and East Anglia. The company encourages its 5,600 employees to spend two paid days each year volunteering.