Volunteer workers transform overgrown garden

Volunteer gardeners from Medtronic
Volunteer gardeners from Medtronic

A team of volunteers from Medtronic spent two sunny June days transforming the overgrown gardens at Druglink’s head office in Nash Mills.

Volunteers from almost every department of the Watford-based medical technology company got stuck in to some hard physical work.

Not only did the volunteers provide their labour but the company also paid for all the tools needed for the job and a whole host of new plants to brighten things up.

When staff from Volunteer Centre Dacorum called by to see how things were progressing, they saw that the volunteer gardeners had uncovered a hidden path and even found a part of the garden that hadn’t been seen for years.

Druglink’s business development manager, Dave Gill, said up to now the charity has only been able to cut the grass and do a bit of weeding.

He said: “This help has transformed the garden.

“This will be a great place for clients to come and enjoy the peace and quiet but also a chance to do some hands-on gardening.”

Most of the Medtronic team were first timers, while others had been involved in this sort of team volunteering in the past.

Business support supervisor Sam Gorton said June was the firm’s ‘philanthropy month’, including encouraging staff to give back to the community and supporting them with time away from their usual jobs.

“This really encourages us to get involved,” he said.

“Then after the event we go back and tell the others what a great time we’ve had.”

Lorraine Rockminster, from the Volunteer Centre, said: “We were delighted when Sam Gorton of Medtronic said they would like to get take on this challenge. They have completed several ‘team challenges’ in recent years and always achieve great results.”

If your charity is struggling to complete a practical project or your company is looking to organise a community day, why not get in touch with Volunteer Centre Dacorum to see how we can help?