Chain Gang Gets to Work at St Clare Hospice
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Communities
The buzz of a chainsaw could be heard at St Clare Hospice when two arborists from Kier Harlow came to cut back some trees in the Hospice’s beautiful grounds.
Tree surgeons Paul Lunnon and Ricci Davis spent several hours removing undergrowth, pruning and lopping back overhanging branches near to the Hospice’s Garden Room on Tuesday morning to improve the view for our inpatients.
They coppiced three plum trees to open up the vista from the Inpatient Unit, felled two pine trees and took down two dead conifers in the car park area.
The green-fingered pair worked alongside St Clare’s dedicated team of volunteer gardeners, who devote their spare time to ensuring the Hospice grounds are looking in tip top condition all year round.
St Clare facilities manager Julie Hewlett said: “It was great that Paul and Ricci could join us to help with some of the larger jobs that needed to be done. Our volunteer gardeners do a fantastic job maintaining our grounds throughout the seasons so to have two trained arborists come along and put their expertise to good use really complemented their work.
“Our patients and visitors get so much joy from our gardens and now that the trees have been cut back they are looking even lovelier.”
The visit was arranged by the Hospice’s HR manager Tim Page, who is a former employee of Kier, which is one of the UK’s leading repair and maintenance providers. The company has been undertaking repairs, maintenance and environmental duties for Harlow Council since February 2007.
Kier operations director John Philips said: “Kier Harlow is committed to supporting charities and good causes in the local area and our relationship with St Clare Hospice goes back several years. Kier has been involved with fundraisers like the Midnight Walk and three Kier employees even cycled to Paris and back to raise money for the Hospice.
“We are delighted to be able to continue supporting the Hospice by providing two trained arborists to carry out tree surgery in the grounds.”