Green-fingered pupils at a Bromley school will be given the opportunity to grow their own garden thanks to the donation of a storage container to the Lower Road Allotments.
The collaboration between Nash College, an independent specialist college for learners with moderate to profound learning disabilities and one of Bromley’s largest allotments, will see the garden designed by the students, with flowers, shrubs and a seating area and involve on-year student maintenance.
Storage container company, Mr Box, part of the Mobile Mini Family, donated a 20ft container to provide safe and secure storage for the specialist tools and health and safety equipment required by the students with disabilities, in order for them to create and maintain an allotment garden.
Speaking about the donation, Lower Roads Allotment Secretary, Douglas Stoten, said: “Over the last two years, we have developed our site to be better equipped to receive visiting groups from the wider community, in the hope of encouraging people of all ages to visit the allotment and learn about vegetable cultivation.
“Having established a partnership with Nash College, we endeavoured to accommodate their needs for greater levels of community engagement by realising a Millennium Garden.
“As part of this project we needed to provide an on-site, lockable, shipping container for the exclusive storage of specialist, ergonomic gardening tools, health and safety equipment and consumables for use by the students and supervisory staff.
“We can’t thank Mr Box enough for providing us with a free container for six months, as it would not have been possible without their help.”
With its headquarters in Ipswich, Mr Box, formed in in 2000 and was acquired in December 2016 by Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers. The company supplies storage containers, container conversions and chemical stores through a network of branches, available to buy or hire, new or second-hand.
The company’s Community Involvement Programme offers free of charge storage container hire to non-profit or voluntary organisations. For a worthy cause, all its branches can donate up to ten containers each year, free of charge (hire not to exceed six months).
“Corporate Social Responsibility is integral to our business and we are firmly dedicated to supporting our community,” said Sarah Jones, manager at Mr Box.
Photo caption: (L-R) Steve Langford, Lower Road Allotments’ Chairman, Adam Grocott, from Mr Box and Douglas Stoten, Lower Road Allotments’ secretary outside the 20ft container