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Grand garden tidy-up transforms Tamworth church and community centre

The grounds and garden of a Tamworth church and community centre have been given a tidy-up and makeover by a hard-working team of volunteers from local housing company Lovell.

Seven staff from Lovell’s head office in Marston Park, Tamworth, spent the day helping out at the Sacred Heart Church and community centre in Silverlink Road, Glascote Heath.

The initiative was made possible by the company’s corporate volunteering scheme which enables employees to take time out from their jobs to work on community projects and help community groups.

The Lovell team trimmed hedges, weeded flower beds, cut grass and mulched beds with bark at the church and community centre.

Parish priest Father Michael White says: “On my return to our community centre I was amazed to see 200 metres of hedges trimmed, huge areas of grass cut, logs chopped, weeds dug up and beds mulched.  Our grounds look welcoming again and every word I have heard from our volunteers and visitors have been full of praise for the Lovell team who did their work with a smile on their faces.  Thank you so much.”

Lovell finance director Mark Lewis, one of the volunteers, adds: “The church and community centre provide an invaluable resource at the heart of the local area and are used by many different groups and organisations, so it’s been genuinely rewarding to get involved and lend a hand with the garden. Our team all got stuck in and enjoyed themselves and I trust we made a difference.  We also had great support from some of the companies we work with who kindly lent us tools and equipment.” Operating from its Tamworth head office and a network of regional offices, partnership housing specialist Lovell builds new homes across the UK and specialises in delivering housing regeneration programmes.