Hospitality & Tourism

Published: October 22, 2019 | Updated: November 1, 2019

Dig this! Big-hearted businesses join forces to give special hotel a green-fingered boost

(l-r) Volunteer gardeners Barry Waker and Terry Fitzgerald; Alison Brencher, Dorset Soils;, Lucy Short , Volunteer Coordinator, Macmillan Unit, Christchurch Hospital; Matt Rudd, volunteer gardener; Brenden Howard, Hotel Manager; Sally Northover, Dorset Soils, and Peter Hardy, Eco Sustainable Solutions.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Bournemouth hotel which is a holiday retreat for cancer patients and those with life threatening illnesses has been given a massive green-fingered boost.

Eco Sustainable Solutions and Dorset Soils and Aggregates joined forces to dispose of all the green waste at the Grove Hotel.

A team of volunteer gardeners had created a picturesque space for residents to enjoy.

In doing so they produced a huge pile of cuttings and branches but didn’t have the space to compost.

Dorset Soils offered to provide the logistical expertise to remove it while Eco said they’d recycle it.

As a result the businesses saved the hotel, which is funded by Macmillan Caring Locally, a great deal of money that can now be spent on guests.

Brenden Howard, Manager of the Grove Hotel, said: “These companies have helped us before and we’re extremely grateful to them for removing our waste.

“It is good to know that it will be recycled and turned into compost.

“Our volunteer gardeners do a wonderful job and have created a lovely garden for our guests to enjoy.

“We have 28 rooms and welcome those suffering from cancer or life-threatening illnesses and their families or carers.

“We have a nurse here 24/7 and specialist facilities – but most of all we are a normal hotel whose guests come to have a good time.

“We also have a beach hut and are owned and operated by Macmillan Caring Locally in Christchurch.”

Peter Hardy, Eco’s Commercial Director, said: “The hotel is a wonderful place on the East Cliff.

“I know our company and Dorset Soils were very happy to do a little bit to help them.”

Alison Brencher, Sales Executive at Dorset Soils, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to help this incredible organisation and see how much it meant to the volunteers, the gardeners and the guests.

“We have since heard back from the Macmillan volunteer coordinator, Lucy, who has expressed her appreciation and mentioned how the volunteers feel really valued and can really see the benefits for the patients.”