Accountants get their hands dirty

A team of chartered accountants swapped suits for jeans when they gave their time to help out at the city's Urb Farm.

Sunday, 10th April 2016, 6:00 am

The two-and-a-half-acre farm, in Wolverton, is staffed by trainees and volunteers who grow organic seasonal fruit, vegetables, salad and flowers for the local community.

Partner Andrew Lawes from Mercer & Hole’s office in Central Milton Keynes led a team of willing helpers to tend the vegetable plots and flowerbeds.

Lynn Jones, Tracey Steedon and Natalie Taylor pruned plants, topped them up with soil and sorted plants on the flowerbed stall. They also weeded and cleared the flowerbed area ready for the farm’s plant sale, which will take place later this spring.

Andrew and senior audit manager Jamie Wooldridge did some heavy digging in a vegetable plot, turning over the soil ready for planting.

Andrew said: “This is an excellent example of a social enterprise which is all about growing food, growing communities and growing people.

“We are delighted to have seen the fruits of our labour unfold and to have helped provide the Urb Farm with a space from which to grow as we enter the spring. We wish them every success with their forthcoming plant sale and with the future of the farm.”

Team leader at the Urb Farm, Florie Bryant, said: “The team from Mercer & Hole were extremely productive with their labouring efforts and achieved all the tasks we set for them. Their work will stand us in good stead as we prepare for our plant sale and for the growing season ahead.”