The Orchid Group is gearing up for its series of national Community Projects which will take place during May.
These will all be funded by Orchid who is donating £1000 per project towards materials as well as the manpower to tackle and transform these spaces.
The idea behind the project, entitled Orchid Blooms, is to get Orchid pubs making a difference to their local neighbourhoods as well as providing a unique opportunity for staff members to work together in teams across all levels and divisions of the business.
Currently eight projects are underway headed up by pub managers and spanning the country from Southampton to Glasgow.
Activity will include The Cross Key’s project where Landlord Andrew Garbett and volunteers will be creating a picnic area at Taunton’s Conquest Centre for disabled riders and The White Swan’s project where Landlord Anthony Tracey and the team will be painting a huge ship for the Jubilee Sailing Trust in Southampton (a charity providing adventure sailing for the disabled).
In Nottingham, Landlady Sue MacDonaugh and The Hemlock Stone project will be helping The Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary by creating new animal enclosures and an outdoor play area.
Local to Orchid’s St Albans HQ, another team will be tackling The Park Street Recreation Ground on Friday 23rd April, enhancing the play area, creating raised flower beds, installing new seating and painting the play equipment to restore it to its former glory.
Park Street is also home to woodland where wild orchids grow and the Orchid team could not resist helping their namesake. So, some of the volunteers will also be helping to clear the woodland area, allowing the Orchids to thrive.
CEO Rufus Hall explains, “The Park Street Recreation Grounds is right on our doorstep so seemed ideal that we could help out our very deserving neighbour. We’ve been working hard getting ready for summer and wanted to help our local community do the same. We’re all looking forward to transforming this treasured local space and bringing some life and colour to it in time for summer.”
The project, entitled Orchid Blooms, is designed to get Orchid staff making a difference to their local neighbourhoods as well as providing a unique opportunity for staff members to work together in teams across all levels and divisions of the business.
Staff from Orchid involved in the scheme cross all divisions of the business from head office workers, chefs and accountants to IT staff and purchasing managers.