Rolls staff fly in to create green oasis

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COMMUNITY-minded staff from Rolls-Royce have swooped in to transform a garden area at a children’s centre in Hucknall.

Forty-six employees from the world-renowned aero-engine company’s base on Watnall Road in the town took on the green-fingered challenge at the Butlers Hill and Broomhill site on Broomhill Road.

Across three days, the volunteers installed a selection of different features, including a new pond with a bog garden.

The children’s centre is run by County Health Partnerships, part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Mark Hoyland, who is a children’s centre co-ordinator, said: “We really appreciate the hard work of the team from Rolls-Royce.

“They have made an amazing difference to the children’s centre environment and lots of local children will benefit as a result of what the team have done.

“The youngsters will be able to learn lots about wildlife, grow vegetables, pick fruit from the mini-orchard and relax in the space that has been developed.”

The team battled against the recent bad weather to clean the site and also create a large growing area, a sensory trail and a patio area. They also removed an old sand pit.

Rolls-Royce community investment specialist, Debbie Duro, said: “We were more than happy to support the children’s centre, it allowed our teams to make a really valuable contribution to the local community whilst developing a range of team-working skills.”

Butlers Hill and Broomhill Children’s Centre shares a campus with Butlers Hill Infants and Nursery School, Broomhill Junior School and Rocking Horse Day Care, all of which will benefit from the garden.

n OUR PHOTO shows the Rolls team hard at work