On 21 May, a Time Bank exchange took place between Stansted Airport and the historic Gardens of Easton Lodge.
Stansted Airport staff have helped to restore the historic Gardens of Easton Lodge in Little Easton, which date back to Elizabeth I. They volunteered through Time Bank Uttlesford, which allows people to swap and share their time to help people and organisations needing it. One group of airport staff got their hands dirty, pruning and weeding to create a new area of garden while others were busy in the walled garden cutting and burning felled trees.
Marcella M’Rabety, Stansted Airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said:
“As a responsible and growing business, Stansted Airport is encouraging employee volunteering, to give something back to the community around Stansted.”
The garden is English Heritage (grade II) listed and within that, the walled garden is in the early stages of restoration. Claire Matthews, Trustee, described the importance of the volunteer support:
“The work completed by the airport staff has helped with the restoration of these historic gardens, which are open to the public once a month from April to October, and we are very grateful for their time. It would be lovely to see more teams from Stansted and indeed other businesses get involved with the gardens and with Time Bank.”
Lisa King, from Stansted Airport, said:
“It was hard work but we take great satisfaction in knowing that we have been able to help with the regeneration of The Gardens of Easton Lodge.”
Time Bank is funded by Public Sector Reform Unit and supported by Colchester Council for Voluntary Service