Partners from Waitrose Admiral Park and Rohais are volunteering throughout the summer holidays to look after the sensory garden at St Andrew’s Primary School.
The supermarket chain has offered its support after the school struggled to find enough volunteers to maintain the eco-garden over the summer holidays.
Partners from both branches will be visiting the garden several times a week to water all the different types of plants, cultivate the fruit and vegetables and look after the pond before the children return for the new term.
The garden is not only used by the St Andrew’s Primary School but also by those who benefit from the Guernsey Blind Association, whose offices are located near the school. The sensory garden is accessible for those with visual impairments due to the different textures and smells of the plants and herbs that surround the garden as well as the different types of grasses that rustle in the wind appealing to the sense of hearing.
Linda Paley, head teacher of St Andrew’s Primary School, values the support from all the Partners: “The garden is the culmination of a lot of work and support from the wider community including St Andrew’s Floral team and Nigel Clarke at Queux patio plants. Because of the garden we were awarded the Norma Ozanne Perpetual Trophy which is given to the school that makes an outstanding contribution towards a Community.
“It’s vital that this facility is looked after throughout the year and we are thankful for all the volunteers from Waitrose giving up their time to make sure our garden flourishes during the summer months.”
Waitrose’s Partner Volunteering scheme is active across all of its 295 branches as well as its head office and distribution centres. The initiative, introduced last year, is designed to further Waitrose’s commitment to supporting the communities where it trades.
The scheme is designed to enable Waitrose Partners to take time out of their day-to-day job roles to give back to their local community, with a total of more than 75,000 hours being volunteered across the UK and Channel Islands each year.
Mike Loveridge, branch manager of Waitrose Rohais, said: “Waitrose is committed to supporting charities and good causes within the local community and this project provides our Partners with an opportunity to lend their support to a cause that benefits so many islanders.”
St Andrew’s Primary School is also participating in Waitrose’s Grow and Sell initiative alongside seven other schools across the island. Each school has received a kit from the supermarket so that they can grow and nurture their own produce which will then be sold in the local branches later this year. Waitrose Partners will be making sure that their produce continues to flourish throughout the summer.