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Trading standards transforms children’s garden to celebrate landmark

Trading Standards officers have joined forces with local businesses to transform a garden at a respite care home for children with disabilities.

Earlier this year, Squire’s Garden Centres became the 100th firm to join Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards Primary Authority scheme. To celebrate, the two organisations joined together to transform the bland outside space at Applewood short breaks unit in Tadworth into a sensory garden.

Works included a sand pit, new colourful benches, raised play tables and an apple tree. It has been planned to be an enjoyable space with opportunities to engage with nature. This is the second facility to receive a facelift – earlier this year, Trading Standards and Squire’s revamped a garden at a Woking children’s home.

Items and equipment worth than £3,000 have been received to support the project. The companies and organisations which donated were:

• Asda Burgh Heath donated Easter eggs towards a raffle, and bulbs and toys for use at the centre.
• Hever Castle donated the compost for raised beds, and a wide range of accessories including irrigation components and two benches
• Protek Paint gave a discount on specialist paint
• Banstead Rotary Club donated a willow dome to be installed in December
• Woking Borough Council’s environmental health team has provided advice on irrigation and risk assessments
• Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has helped transport larger items and added volunteers

Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “It’s great to see our Trading Standards service showing how much they care about Surrey’s children, both those with disabilities and those growing up in the care of the council.

“The space has been transformed and I hope that it makes a real difference to the lives of children at Applewood Children’s Home.”

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards – a joint service since 2015 – now has primary authority partnerships with 100 businesses and organisations, both big and small, across the two counties and nationally. Firms include Coca-Cola Enterprises, Shell, Esso, Waitrose and Toyota.

Under the scheme, a business can apply the tailored advice of a trading standards service to any area around the country. The scheme helps businesses operate with confidence while also protecting consumers from poor practices.

Denise Turner-Stewart, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Resilience, said: “I would really recommend that businesses join our primary authority scheme. As a member you will have confidence when navigating through various rules and regulations, which means you have more time to help your business grow.

“Our partnership with Squire’s has demonstrated how beneficial the primary authority scheme can be. As well as establishing a great partnership with a prominent local business, we’ve been able to work together and do something really rewarding for deserving causes in our communities.”

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