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Volunteers from law firm Russell-Cooke gathered on the morning of Sunday 27 June for gardening work outside of the firm’s Putney office.

With the help of Carol Winser, a professional garden designer who had set up a planting plan, the group of volunteers planted a range of pollinator-friendly plants in a patch of soil adjacent to the Putney office car park. The goal of the initiative was to turn a previously neglected area into a haven for bees and other pollinators, including the firm’s own bee hives on the roof of the Putney offices.

A wider walkway was also created along the border of the garden and there are plans to provide seating so that staff can visit the garden during breaks.

The volunteers included consultant Deborah Blythe, who led on the initiative, Senior Partner, John Gould and his wife Jill, clinical negligence and personal injury head, Janice Gardner, her daughter Marianne, facilities and operations manager, Bob Bradstreet, associate Patrick Kershaw, George Winser and Nathan Conville from the firm’s maintenance gardening firm, Sterling Gardens.

Deborah Blythe commented: “The whole group thoroughly enjoyed this lovely Sunday morning together. We felt that we were having a real, tangible and positive impact on our environment. These plants will provide diverse forage throughout the year which will help the local pollinator population. Many thanks to those who gave up their precious free time to help and play a small part in making this initiative a success.”

Carol Winser added: “It was genuine pleasure to be part of this project with Russell-Cooke. It was rewarding to see the plant plan come to life in such a jovial atmosphere by such enthusiastic volunteers. I look forward to seeing the bees and pollinators thrive in their new home.”