Pupils enjoy the fruit of ABP team’s efforts

May 29, 2014

Pupils at Fairlop Primary School are today enjoying creating an 'edible forest’ after staff from Associated British Ports (ABP) helped develop their school garden.

The team of eight volunteers from ABP's Central London head office worked to clear waste ground on the edge of the school’s environmental area before creating raised beds and laying topsoil.

Children in the Redbridge school’s gardening club are now working on a project to develop an edible forest using plants like rhubarb, raspberries, gooseberries, loganberries and apple trees.

The day was part of Business in the Community's Give and Gain day, which saw employees at companies across the UK pledge more than 340,000 hours to volunteering. It’s just part of a wide ranging programme of community activity by ABP, the UK’s leading ports group, which supports 84,000 jobs across its 21 ports.

ABP team leader, management accountant, Niko Karakostas said: "It was hard work clearing the ground and building the beds but really worthwhile and we created something special for the children. We are all really proud of what we've achieved here and it's great to think of all the pupils who will benefit from it in the years to come, harvesting the fruits of our labour."

Headteacher Gail Brannan said: "We are very grateful to the group from ABP who gave their all digging and preparing our garden beds, with a smile, on the first hot day of the year. The children were excited to see the transformation in their environmental area and cannot wait to plant, grow, reap and eat their first crop.

“This project has enabled an idea to become reality to enhance environmental learning for present and future Fairlop pupils.”

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