Shropshire Highways partners transform the garden at Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury
The 360 garden at Barnabas Community Church in Shrewsbury has been transformed thanks to Shropshire Council and road partners Kier and Multevo.
Barnabas Community Church is home to the PLUS Food Bank, which incorporates a range of essential support services for customers in Shrewsbury. This includes the Shrewsbury Food Bank and its unique 360° initiatives where it organizes a range of activities with the aim of helping to build relationships by building self-confidence and self-esteem.
Multevo has supported the PLUS food bank in the 360° back garden makeover, one of the charity’s projects which teaches customers basic gardening and carpentry skills. The garden is situated beside the River Severn and is subject to annual flooding, which over the years has worn down the gravelled surface and disabled access path.
The Multevo team worked hard to completely transform the garden by digging up the worn and uneven surface and replacing it with fresh tarmac, edging and edging to make the space more accessible and safer for visitors.
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Jason Sapsford, Roads Operations Manager at Kier, began liaising with Barnabas Community Church to establish project requirements and then engaged Multevo as a partner to deliver this fantastic social values project for the community.
Commenting on the project, Jason said:
“I was totally committed to supporting Barnabas Community Church and the great work they are doing in the community with so much passion and pride”
“Multevo exceeded all expectations and the project was completed within a week. I know this will now make it easy for disabled members of the community center to tend to the gardens and the quality work will be used for years to come which is absolutely fantastic.
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said
“A lot of the contracts we award are the social value element, including this fantastic project at Barnabas Community Church.
“A big thank you to Keir and Multevo for the work they have done to turn this facility into a fantastic place for people in need.”
Karen Williams, project manager at foodbank MORE:
“I would like to thank Multevo, Kier and Shropshire Council for allowing us to use your staff and equipment to tidy up this area. The area is now fixed and a flat surface making it much safer and wheelchair accessible for our customers. This is going to make a huge difference in how we deliver the 360° backyard.
Multevo joined the Shropshire Highways alliance as a supply chain partner in March 2021, supporting Shropshire Council, Kier Highways and WSP with motorway maintenance and traffic management services, with over 80 staff dedicated to the contract locally.
Since then, they have collaboratively transformed the local area network, with over 180,000 square meters of permanent repairs carried out using the productive Multihog machine.
The local entrepreneur’s spirit of commitment to communities ensures that they work closely with their clients to deliver projects of social value that meet the specific needs of the communities in which they work.