Supported by Mitie’s landscaping business, the ‘give and gain day’ initiative is an annual event organised by property services company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
After a struggle to source plants and equipment, JLL turned to Mitie for assistance with the event. Mitie helped by sourcing the required plants and equipment, but also by donating money towards the event to provide the school with twice as many plants.
A team of 10 from Mitie and JLL, including Paul Cawsey, JLL’s sustainability manager from Mitie’s landscaping business, helped out by removing the overgrown weeds in the school grounds and planting over 50 shrubs and climbers.
Philip Farrell, director of planning and development at JLL Birmingham, said: "Mitie really impressed us by responding immediately with not only an offer to arrange the delivery, but also to match our funds so we could purchase twice as many plants. Paul Cawsey from Mitie also offered to come and help with the actual work.
"The end result has been a dramatic improvement in the school’s appearance, which will be a welcome surprise for the children at the start of term."