Jaywick, Essex, UK – A COMMUNITY garden project in Jaywick, Essex, has received a vital boost after John Henry Group colleagues gave up some of their spare time to volunteer their skills.
The John Henry Group team laid down concrete bases for water butts and a helped build a greenhouse and recently carried out works on a new shelter for the project, which is named Dig4Jaywick and is supported by Tendring District Council (TDC).
John Henry Civils, the highways specialist division of John Henry Group, is working in Jaywick as part of a £5m roads improvement scheme which is being paid for by Essex County Council and delivered through main contractors Ringway Jacobs.
We received a grant for the shelter but the John Henry Group team came along and put up the main structure for us at no cost in their own time which was a kind gesture
-Teresa Watson, Tendring District Council.
Teresa Watson, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Jaywick Neighbourhood Manager, said the firm’s help has been invaluable.
“They have been prepared to support the project and the community wherever possible and it has made a big difference,” she said.
“We received a grant for the shelter but the John Henry Group team came along and put up the main structure for us at no cost in their own time which was a kind gesture.”
Dig 4 Jaywick – which provides gardening related education and recreation for those living and working in the Golf Green ward – picked up £15,000 from the People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities Fund. It covered the costs of the shelter as well as a project assistant.
Mrs Watson added that the shelter is to be used for workshops and meetings and many community groups use the garden space in Lotus Way.
Giles Watling, TDC’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “To receive help in this way from a private company is always welcome and greatly appreciated.”
Ian Fuller, Jaywick Project Manager for John Henry Group, said that since the company started on the construction of the new roads it has been delighted to work closely with members of the Jaywick community to assist delivering new projects and schemes.
“In this particular scheme our workforce was able to volunteer during their spare time to support the Dig 4 Jaywick initiative which is a fantastic community project,” he added.
“It is great to support another locally focussed initiative which has been established to be enjoyed by all people living in the area.
“We look forward to supporting more local initiatives in Jaywick as we continue to move forward with construction of the new roads on behalf of Essex highways.”
PHOTO – The shelter starts to take shape – Phil Fletcher (JHG); Mark Halliday (Dig 4 Jaywick); Teresa Watson (TDC); Sean McGreal (JHG); Ian Fuller (JHG); Avril Cutts and Barry Shimmell (both Dig 4 Jaywick).
*Picture contributed by Tendring Disctrict Council and used with kind permission.