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Give & Gain at Green's Mill

The team at AdamsonJones, the Nottingham-based firm of patent and trade mark attorneys were amongst 305 East Midlands employees who swapped their work place to volunteer in their local communities for Give & Gain Day 2015.

Give & Gain Day 2015 is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering, organised by the charity Business in the Community (BITC), with over 15,000 business volunteers giving up their day jobs and volunteering during their working hours.  

Other companies that took part were EON, TDX, Siemens PLC, Nottingham Trent University and Toyota Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. Give & Gain Day participants in the East Midlands were in good company, joining a global movement of thousands of volunteers across 20 countries as diverse as Spain, Iran, and Mexico.

AdamsonJones was assigned to a project at Green’s Mill & Science Centre in Sneinton. Green’s Mill is a working 19th century tower windmill, restored in 1985 by Nottingham City Council and now run on behalf of the city by the Green’s Windmill Trust, a registered charity.

Simon Cooper, Managing Director at AdamsonJones said “We organise a team building day every year as we find it gives employees the chance to develop new skills, strengthen working relationships and generally have some fun away from the office. We were delighted to take part in Give and Gain Day this year as this provided the additional benefit of allowing us to engage with, and support, a local community project.

Simon continues “We specifically requested the project at Green’s Mill as we were keen to volunteer for a genuinely local community organisation - we can actually see the mill from our office at BioCity!

Simon explains “Green’s Mill was previously owned in the 19th Century by the mathematical physicist, George Green and his remarkable achievements are told in the small on-site science centre. As a business we help clients protect innovations that cover a wide range of technical sectors from engineering and electronics to biotechnology and chemistry so we have in common a passion and interest in science.”

AdamsonJones worked within teams to continue a program of improvement of the mill’s Heritage Garden, which was originally started by another business during a previous Give and Gain Day. The teams helped by landscaping, creating beds for planting, and painting and restoring railings. Green’s Mill hope that the new Heritage Garden will show how the local allotments were used historically as well as demonstrating how the local community can provide for wildlife in their own gardens. There will also be a picnic and recreational area for school parties and other children’s groups as well as a cereal garden for growing wheat, oats and barley, to show how flour/bread is produced from field to plate.

The day was a great success, made all the more enjoyable thanks to the glorious weather and with everyone getting stuck into their team’s various tasks. Despite a very late delivery of stone at 3.30pm, the teams still managed to lay down a large section of pathway, everyone pulling together to get the job done before tools were downed and pizzas (made with the organic flour from the mill) were eaten.

Simon said “It certainly made us appreciate the amount of time and work that goes into a local community project such as Green’s Mill. It was a really nice feeling at the end of the day to look back and see the progress we’d made. We hope to revisit the mill later this summer when an open day is planned to celebrate the opening of the Heritage Garden.”

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