Shell’s groundforce team create safe Crossroads garden

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A FRASERBURGH charity has thanked an oil company for its generous donation and fantasic work in upgrading a communal garden.

Staff from Shell at St Fergus Gas Terminal worked throughout August to create a safe outside space for patrons of Crossroads Caring Scotland East Banff and Buchan, based in Fraserburgh, their nominated charity of the year.

Shell staff spent two days upgrading the garden area with AstroTurf donated by Leisure Tec Surfaces in Aberdeen.

The rough grassy area in the garden has been transformed into a safe outside space that can be used throughout the year by service users, carers and members of staff.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed helping out such a worthwhile cause. Crossroads is a charity close to my heart and it was an honour to be able to do something positive to make a difference to the centre,” said Tammy Fairclough of Shell UK Limited.

Under normal use, an AstroTurf field can last ten years or more before it needs to be replaced. It is also environmentally friendly and requires little maintenance compared to real grass, ensuring long-term benefits for the centre.

Elizabeth Eyre, service manager at Crossroads said: “Having a usable outside space will make a big difference to the children and adults who use our facilities, providing a safe environment to play in.

“The AstroTurf can even be used in the damper, colder seasons if we choose to do so. It is great that we can now benefit from the space we have and also that it requires little maintenance from our team.”

Steven Shaw, grounds maintenance manager at Shell U.K Limited, thanked everyone for getting involved and making it possible.

Thanks were also expressed to Leisure Tec Surfaces, David Smith Contractors, Enviroco Ltd, Newline, Kirkmyres Sand & Gravel and Eurest Services for their support and assistance throughout the project.

As the Shell St Fergus Charity of the Year, Crossroads will receive £45,000 (over three years) to develop local services.

Crossroads Caring – Scotland East Banff and Buchan is a registered charity dedicated to the provision of breaks for carers within their own homes, in the community and for children and young people.

Crossroads can provide support to carers by taking over the carers role, allowing them a break to take some time out for themselves and to maintain their own health and wellbeing.