Veoila staff help tend to gardens at Basildon hospital

VEOILA staff have gone out of their way to tidy up a garden overlooked by patients at Basildon Hospital.

Around fifty Veolia workers chose to carry out their community days at the hospital and so far have tidied the garden next to the multi-storey car park and are now sprucing up an interior courtyard overlooked by eight wards.

Jason Hart, one of the volunteers, said: “It’s nice to get out of the normal routine and do something different. I’m normally up at 3am!”

Despite the cold weather, Veolia staff are used to work outside in all weathers so the cold and drizzle hasn’t stopped them from doing the weeding, which was desperately needed.

Nick Clarke-Irons, from Estates Department, said: “They have worked really hard and we’re so grateful to Veolia for giving their time to us. We have five members of staff in our grounds maintenance team and there is only so much they can do.

“The priority for us in the winter is to grit the roads and pathways so to have this extra support is invaluable.”

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