Faulty gas me­ter leads to re­vamped veg­etable patch

Woman grate­ful af­ter en­gi­neers clear her over­grown gar­den

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Gas en­gi­neers got stuck in to clear an over­grown gar­den through their com­pany’s com­mu­nity scheme.

The SGN work­men from the Ash­ford de­pot first saw the gar­den when they were called to Ann Graves’ prop­erty in Sn­od­land to check a faulty gas me­ter.

Mrs Graves re­vealed she was a keen gar­dener, but has been un­able to get out into the gar­den as her hus­band is se­ri­ously ill.

So the com­pany sent a team of four to spend a full day in the gar­den, clear­ing weeds which had grown to more than six feet and dig­ging soil to al­low for plant­ing. They also put up two poly­tun­nels and a cloche for Mrs Graves to grow veg­eta­bles.

Team man­ager Si­mon Pott said: “While we were chat­ting it be­came clear that Mrs Graves was a keen gar­dener but she hadn’t been able to get out in the gar­den lately.

“Our com­pany runs a com­mu­nity scheme in which ev­ery­one Ann Graves with SGN work­ers Gary Brown, Mar­tyn Red­head, Ken Kennedy and Si­mon Pott who re­stored her gar­den as part of a com­mu­nity scheme is en­cour­aged to spend one day ev­ery year on com­pany time mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­nity. We couldn’t think of a bet­ter use of our time.”

Fol­low­ing the trans­for­ma­tion, Mrs Graves said : “It’s un­be­liev­able what they man­aged to do in the time. They com­pletely cleared the gar­den. They were po­lite and kind and they left the gar­den spot­less.

“It used to be packed with veg­eta­bles, I never bought any from the su­per­mar­ket.

“When my hus­band was first di­ag­nosed, I used to be able to leave him watch­ing tele­vi­sion and go in the gar­den for a while, but now he can’t be left at all.

“We had a carer in for a few hours this week, so she sat with my hus­band and I’ve been able to do some plant­ing.

“The poly­tun­nels are now full of tomato plants and I’ve got cu­cum­bers and pep­pers in the green­house.

“Be­ing able to get out in the gar­den feels like a weight has been lifted off me. I’m in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to the team.”

‘The poly­tun­nels are now full of tomato plants and I’ve got cu­cum­bers and pep­pers in the green­house’

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