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Tideway volunteers help plant ‘happiness’ garden

The team working on the central section of the super sewer have been lending a hand to build a ‘happiness garden’ in Battersea.

The volunteers from Tideway’s Kirtling Street and Albert Embankment sites have been supporting Groundwork London to help plant, paint and tidy up the playground at St George’s primary school in Nine Elms.

Alick Whitfield, Community Relations Manager for the central section of the Tideway project, said: "St George’s is lovely primary school close to our main tunnelling site. We are delighted to help create a wonderful green space within the playground which can be used for both enjoyment and learning by the children."

The new garden is an area of the playground that abuts the railway viaduct. The Ferrovial and Laing O'Rourke joint venture building the central section of the super sewer have provided £1,000 of gardening materials and tools to help with boarders and planting, as well as providing volunteers for two afternoons. 

Activities include cleaning out an old shed, building shelves and making it accessible for teachers and children. Volunteers also helped clearing out weeds and over grown plants, installing flower bed boarders, erecting “bug-hotels”, building and installing a bird rest and general tidying up.

A team from Tideway's Chelsea site will also volunteer at the school on Friday.