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Helping to revive a garden for Sheffield homeless charity

Colleagues and partners from our supply chain recently helped Roundabout, Sheffield’s acclaimed homeless charity for young people, transform their back garden into a functional and attractive green space.

Founded in 1977, Roundabout is South Yorkshire’s leading youth housing charity, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The charity now proudly supports over 350 young people aged 16-25 every day.

Previously the garden wasn't an attractive outdoor space
The garden is now brighter and fit for outdoor socialising

As part of our ongoing support with local communities and charities, our team were made aware that the small back garden at Roundabout’s Sharrow Project had become an unused and uninspiring space – with uneven ground and little-to-no greenery.

Our volunteers, working together with trusted supply chain partners from Stockton Drilling and North Star Civil Engineering, were able to provide the tools and labour needed to bring the garden back into a usable condition and provide an accessible and attractive outdoor space for the charity.

Work included a general tidy up of the area, cutting back any overgrown shrubbery, removing old tree roots, levelling the land and laying some high-quality, low maintenance artificial turf.

Left to right: Jack Kidder (Henry Boot PLC), Paddy Carmody (North Star Civil Engineering), Simon Pratt (Henry Boot Construction), Neil Marshall (Roundabout) and Olivia Taylor-Brook (Stockton Drilling)

Simon Pratt, Planning Manager said: “As a South Yorkshire business, we are fully committed to giving back to the communities in which we work and trying to support important local charity organisations is a big part of that. We’ve seen first-hand how small projects – like the rethinking and tidying up a small garden – can have a really big impact.”

We really needed to improve the garden at our Sharrow Project. The space was simply not working for us. The clean-up of the garden and laying of the new astro lawn has completely transformed and enlivened the space. It's made a huge difference and we now have a safe outdoor space where our young people can relax and reflect in an attractive and calm environment. We can’t thank Henry Boot Construction, Stockton Drilling and North Star enough.

Neil Marshall, Estates Manager, Roundabout