Thursday 30 January saw the ISS UK OSCAA’s 2013 (Outstanding Community Achievement Awards) take place at the British Heart Foundation’s Head Office in Camden. Amongst the winners was ISS Facility Services Landscaping who received the Community Investment Team award for its continuing partnership with charity Gardening Leave.
ISS first adopted Gardening Leave in 2010 and since then has continued to support the charity with its many walled garden projects throughout the UK.
Gardening Leave tends the invisible wounds of conflict by providing horticultural therapy for ex-service armed forces personnel. Horticultural therapy helps to reduce social isolation, improve fine motor skills, improve memory and concentration, increase mobility and promote a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
Since teaming up with Gardening Leave, ISS has assisted in the following projects:
- Royal Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea, London
- Scottish Veterans Residences’ (SVR), Rosendael, Scotland
- Ayr Flower Show
- East Acton Outreach Garden
2014 will see Gardening Leave and ISS redevelop the Royal Hospital Chelsea garden to include raising beds to a height of three feet, erecting a large shed for veterans use, and laying suitable paths to allow wheelchair users access to the area.
Also on the list for 2014 is the conversion of a site in Dundee from a bowling green to a horticultural therapy garden.
“I am absolutely delighted that ISS Landscaping has won this award. Gardening Leave has been our charity partner since 2010 and demonstrates exactly how an individual business can make a real difference in helping a charity to grow and to raise its profile and exposure levels. I would also like to say a big thank you to all of our staff who give up their time to make this relationship possible. It is only with your commitment that we are able to continue to support this worthwhile charity” Phil, Jones, Managing Director, ISS Facility Services Landscaping