National Grid Helps Local Charity to have a Sense of Place

helping our community

The garden was created by employees of National Grid on a piece of arboretum land donated by Leicestershire County Council. It is due be opened by the chair of Leicestershire County Council  and the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council at an official event on Friday 8th June 2007.

The design of the garden had to follow a very specific brief from park ranger David Hardwick. He challenged the company to develop a garden in keeping with the natural surroundings of the country park, but for use specifically by people who are blind or partially-sighted and local charity VISTA. 

Staff from National Grid's Hinckley offices spent over 400 hours in total finding special material, installing wooden planters, a pergola and benches, planting sensory flower beds and building a 100-metre long,  two-metre wide pathway using only hand tools.

Joanne Morgan, performance manager for National Grid's Hinckley customer services team, said: "Our involvement started way back in February 2006; over 20 of our employees have worked really hard and spent many hours helping to develop this garden.

Vista's gardening group the 'Barwell Bloomers' already have a large planter dedicated to them on the site and we have been grateful for their help and advice in getting the area finished.  We have made a commitment to help maintain and further develop the area, so we are all looking forward to seeing it grow and bloom over the summer months.

This press release relates to Cadent work.  It does not have Cadent branding on it, due to this press release being published prior to 1st May 2017, when this gas distribution business was part of National Grid’s group of businesses.


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