Ring Stones recently donated a cherry blossom tree to brighten up a memorial garden at a local care home.
While carrying out flagging work at Parklands Court in Clayton-le-Moors, Ring Stones ground worker, Jay Hoyle, got chatting to the residents and carers. As works were nearing completion, Jay noticed a memorial garden within the grounds, opposite to where the flagging was taking place.
After spotting a bench that had been donated, one of Jay’s colleagues, Arwel Jones, suggested that Ring Stones could donate a cherry blossom tree to the garden, after hearing of residents plans to plant more greenery in Spring 2022. After getting the go ahead, Arwel and his colleague, Kieron Skeffington, picked out a tree from a local garden centre.
On 29th September 2021, they returned to Parklands Court and gifted the tree to residents, making a beautiful addition to the memorial garden.
Ben Simmonds, Head of Regeneration at Ring Stones, said: “When Arwel came to see me with a desire to donate to the memorial garden at Parklands to help make the garden a little bit more special for the residents I was more than happy for him to go ahead with this. It’s great to see the team really living the values that we have as an organisation, and trying to give something back to the community.
“We’re different to many other construction companies; social value and charitable work is something we are truly passionate about. To see those on the ground leading with this, and coming forward with ideas is a real positive, and something we are proud of as an organisation.”
Kashifa Mubarak, Supported Housing Assistant at Calico Homes, said: “The memorial garden has been created to honour the life of beloved relatives, friends, or even a treasured pet. It is a special place that will help residents remember loved ones in a quiet safe space – a place to visit and revisit time and time again.”