Principality. Where home matters.

20 April 2017

Building society staff give Wrexham school garden a spring clean

Colleagues from Wales’ largest building society have been getting their hands dirty giving a Wrexham school’s allotment a much-needed makeover.

Ten Principality Building Society branch managers from across north Wales donned their gardening gloves to transform Rhosnesni High School’s garden, meaning students can now grow their own fresh vegetables ready for the summer season. Once ready, students will sell the produce on site with the aim of encouraging business skills within the young people.

The building society engaged with Rhosnesni High School through the Business Class initiative, a Business in the Community (BITC) programme delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government. As well as giving its garden a new lease of life, Principality colleagues will be running financial education workshops with the school, teaching students how to manage their pocket money.

Getting stuck in to the garden makeover, Principality’s Bangor branch manager, Daf Pritchard said: “At Principality, we’re always on the lookout for ways we can help communities prosper and, with a bit of gardening knowledge between us, this wasn’t a project we could turn down. We’ll be back in the near future to speak with students here about lessons in finances, helping them develop even further.

“The garden project has been a huge success and it’s been really rewarding to see students get so involved. It certainly feels like the benefits of this new allotment space will be felt throughout the school.”

Kevin Whitehead, nurture and support officer at Rhosnesni High School said: "We feel very fortunate to have the support of Principality Building Society to give our school allotment a much-needed restoration. Our students have loved getting stuck into this project and now the garden will be in a fine shape for the summer. The whole community’s looking forward to tasting the produce and the young people can’t wait to work with Principality again in the future."

Published: 20/04/2017