Staff volunteers from Hinckley and Rugby Building Society dug deep to help prepare the ground at the new allotments in Lutterworth.
A dozen volunteers from the Society’s Hinckley head office and its branches spent a day working hard at the new Lutterworth Community Allotment in a Team Challenge for Leicestershire Cares.
Leicestershire Cares’ Team Challenges see volunteers from local businesses give their time and energy to help community groups and charities.
The existing allotments site has been sold for housing development and the new location is being prepared for the next growing season.
The Lutterworth Community Allotment volunteers grow fruit and vegetables to share or pass on to the community. Their plot has also been used as a site for young or disadvantaged people to learn building, gardening and growing skills.
The Society’s volunteers were led by savings team manager Evan Crosskey as they weeded, dug in manure, built a raised bed, tidied up a seating area, cleared hardcore waste and built a new path.
Evan said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable day made successful by a great team spirit amongst colleagues unified by a worthy cause. With limited experience of cultivating or landscaping, it was brilliant to see individuals demonstrating skills they didn’t realise they had.”
“We hope that our work will mean that the new Lutterworth Community Allotment is in the best possible shape to not only grow fruit and vegetables but also increase the number of volunteers involved with the group.
“I’d like to thank those local suppliers who gave us great discounted rates for supplies – the Lutterworth branches of Plantool Hire Centres and Travis Perkins, and Palmers Garden Centre in Ullesthorpe.”
Penny Tretheway, from Lutterworth Community Allotment, said: “The team from Hinckley & Rugby helped us enormously. All the people who came were so cheerful, they worked so hard as a team and were very organised.
“I would like to thank them, on behalf of the Lutterworth Community Allotment, for doing such a wonderful job. They have made our lives so much easier.”