From Barclays to Beckton for gardening bankers

Workers from Barclays bank recently completed a gardening shift at Gallions Primary School in Beckton.

They built raised garden beds, moving around 11 tonnes of compost to fill them. The beds will be used by the pupils to grow their own vegetables when they return from the summer holidays.

Gallions Primary headteacher Paul Jackson said: “Ever since the school opened in 1999, we have dreamed of giving children their own opportunities to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

“We have wanted them to learn from the practical hands on experiences that growing offers and now have the opportunity to do this.”

Owais Mohammed, from Barclays, said the work was part of a two to three year arrangement with the school.

He added: “For our team the project wasn’t just about providing the material and manpower but to get involved together as one team supporting one cause and making a real impact in the wider community.”