Helping students to bloom in Brierley Hill

McPhillips have been on site at Brierley Hill since January 2023 carrying out footway and public realm improvements on the ‘Brierley Hill Future High Street Scheme’. We are currently delivering Phase 3 as Dudley MBC continues to invest in the local area.

Our construction team recently answered a call for assistance from Aspire Students at Dudley College of Technology. For a number of years Dudley College of Technology has supported ‘Brierley Hill in Bloom’, a popular floral display that takes place along the town’s High Street during June.

The college supplies seasonal bedding plants, which are planted up by Aspire Students, all of whom have additional learning needs. We provided a ‘safe space’ in our compound for the students to weed and re-plant, away from traffic noise and other harmful distractions. The students re-used planters which we salvaged as part of our site clearance. Once planting was complete, we helped ‘Brierley Hill in Bloom’ position the student’s planters alongside the new planters which we have provided as part of the Scheme.

Rosemary Golding, Lecturer at Dudley College of Technology commented: “ The students are undertaking the ‘Pathway to Independence’, which involves a City & Guilds land-based qualification and the ‘John Muir Award’ for nature conservation. In addition to supporting the local community through ‘Brierley Hill in Bloom’, the students also work at Saltwells National Nature Reserve one day a week, they carry out habitat management and site maintenance work. Some students have joined ‘The Friends of Saltwells Volunteer Group’ and participate in monthly litter picks throughout the reserve.

“This year we have really enjoyed working with McPhillips, who have taken a proactive role in supporting our student’s involvement in the local community and participation in such a valuable event. Our thanks go to the McPhillips team for their support.”

McPhillips Site Manager Adrian Elsdon added: “We were delighted to be able to help. It was great to see the students getting stuck in and a pleasure to see them all working alongside each other with smiles on their faces. We wish them the very best for the future.”

Pictured are some of the students with Site Foreman Tony Bellamy and Site Manager Adrian Elsdon


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