Giving back to local people: Maximus and St Mary’s

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Last month, Maximus colleagues teamed up with St Mary’s Walthamstow to assist with their ‘Creative Church’ regeneration project.

The project, which has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will see Walthamstow’s oldest building restored, with the addition of a café and art gallery.

The churchyards and gardens form the largest green space in Walthamstow Village, making it integral to the local community.

Our employees joined Community Gardener, Tim Hewitt, in de-weeding 15 square metres of land and planting 1,500 bulbs in the churchyards. These will be crucial to the region’s biodiversity, attracting the first insects and bees in the spring.

Priya Satish, Social Value Manager for Restart South & East London, said:

“The UK has lost almost half of its biodiversity over the years, and this was a great opportunity to make a small difference to the local community where we operate.”

“Volunteering gives us all an opportunity to connect with people and communities to create an impact. It’s a great way to work towards Maximus’ greater purpose of transforming lives.”

Tim Hewitt, Community Gardener at St Mary’s Walthamstow, said:

“This four-acre site is a very special place at the heart of Walthamstow Village, as shown by our recognition from national bodies, such as the Royal Horticultural Society, for the work that we do.”

“Volunteer days like today are a real benefit to the wider community who rely heavily on this area. Maximus colleagues giving up their time like this helps us to transform the churchyards and gardens into a much better, more wildlife friendly and easier to maintain space.”

13 December, 2021