Published: October 08, 2018
Published: October 08, 2018

Birstall Team Help Local Communities in Heatwave!

It was a busy and productive summer for our Architectural Coatings site in Birstall, UK. From June to August, our COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ initiative saw nearly 50 volunteers renovating a number of areas in Batley and Mirfield. The staff really got to know their local communities even in the middle of a heatwave!

Before launching the projects, our specialists visited each site, offering advice on suitable products for longevity, choosing a number of JOHNSTONE’S® Trade paints products to revitalize various substrates.

Batley Cemetery Support Group

In Batley, overgrown weeds had taken over the cemetery garden. Throughout the week, our team of PPG and local volunteers had to battle with a heatwave – but that didn’t stop the hard work! The garden was entirely cleared and tidied to its former, healthy glory as the temperature increased.

The teams easily filled several bags with rubbish as part of the clean-up. Bandstands and benches were even repainted to bring some color back to the area.

Fairfield School

Fairfield School offers special facilities to students aged three to nineteen with educational requirements that are not met in mainstream schools. We felt a previously disused courtyard deserved to bring peace and joy to the teachers and to the pupils who needed a beautiful space to relax.

After extensively redecorating the area, we installed benches and raised bed planters, which our volunteers then painted. The previously neglected space was now a sensory garden and provided a quiet space for members of the school community to enjoy.

Mirfield Memorial Recreation Ground

For the visit to Mirfield, the team collaborated with the Mirfield Playground Project (MPP), a voluntary community organization aiming to improve play areas for children. The Memorial Recreation garden had become tired over the years, attracting the attention of PPG and MPP.

Together, we brought life back to the playground equipment while building a raised bed planter to grow herbs and other plants for the community. We also supplied recycled plastic picnic benches for families to enjoy.

Giving Back to the Community

We are thrilled that all three projects were completed to a superb standard and all the local residents can now enjoy the spaces.

The PPG volunteers have really enhanced the atmosphere of peace and restfulness in the garden and we are so grateful.
Judith Greenwood of the Batley Cemetery Support Group