ABP employees help out at Hackney Herbal

May 19, 2015

The ABP team hard at work providing a helping hand for the Hackney Herbal project as part of Give and Gain Day 2015.

A team of Associated British Ports (ABP) employees have helped out a community herb garden in Hackney, London.

The assignment for the Hackney Herbal project was ABP’s contribution to Business in the Community’s seventh annual Give and Gain Day, the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering.

The Hackney Herbal project brings local residents and the environment together in a collaborative and creative way.

The group of 11 ABP employees constructed storage facilities and worked on developing the garden, which produces herbs for a tea blend that is sold locally. The proceeds from the sale of this tea fund health and wellbeing projects in the area.

ABP’s team leader on the day, Management Accountant Chris Shipley said: “It was hard work with plenty of weeding, sawing, clearing and building; but it was really worthwhile with a tangible result at the end.”

“As a team we are proud of what we achieved and we hope it will benefit local people for years to come.”
The project’s Nat Mady said: “The garden is run entirely by volunteers so it was great to have the team from ABP come in to help and inject lots of energy and enthusiasm to get things done that often are impossible without a big group.”

Give and Gain Day is the world’s largest volunteering project, with businesses around the UK giving their time to various community organisations.

For more information on the Hackney Herbal project visit cordwainersgrow.org.uk/project/hackney-herbal/