Christmas came early for the Royal Docks Activity & Learning Centre, North Woolwich, as the Balfour Beatty team fitting out the Crossrail station at Woolwich unveiled a brand new Herb Garden.
The Herb Garden was sponsored by Balfour Beatty and built by their employees, who also attended the opening. Ian Whyte, Balfour Beatty Stakeholder Manager, who proposed the concept of the Herb Garden was gratefully received by the Centre and the local community, not only for providing a safe outdoor environment for children & older people to enjoy but as Balfour Beatty have also promised to return in the spring for the Centre's Biodiversity event to plant new herbs.
The celebration, which also incorporated the Centre’s over 50’s Christmas Party, was extremely successful with over 50 local residents also taking part in sample sessions of some of the Centre’s Activities including Tai Chi, Line Dancing and Bingo. Christmas food was served including Turkey and Cranberry sandwiches and mince pies as well as a cake made by RDLAC volunteer Tracy Lambert, specially decorated for the occasion with flowers and butterflies to represent the new garden.
Martin Greenwood, project manager from Crossrail and Guy Anstiss, project manager from Balfour Beatty both gave a brief speech each, followed by a thank you from Councillor Murphy, who then invited Stephen to say a few words. The cold weather did not deter anyone from checking out the new garden, especially with the help of hot chocolate and warm spiced apple juice drinks being served.