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Market garden kindness: bringing new kitchen facilities to the community

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MCP Property Services worked with a local market garden to install new kitchen facilities on site.

Established in 1978, MCP Property Services carries out repairs and building work across the country from its base in Hertford. As a contractor on a number of projects in Sandwell, it was keen to fulfil its social value commitment to our local communities.

Karen and Michael from Sandwell Council’s Social Value Team matched MCP with Salop Drive Market Garden and Allotments in Oldbury. This is a three-acre working market garden and local food project. People of all ages and abilities can get involved and learn about where food comes from. It also supplies bags of freshly grown vegetables to local households.

Adding cooking facilities

Facilities at the Salop Drive Market Garden site include a classroom, toilets and handwashing facilities. However, there was no kitchen and the community hub also needed renovation. MCP Property Services look on the task of installing a kitchen and making some repairs to doors, at a cost of nearly £4,700.

Pictured below mid-construction are (from left to right) Anna West from MCP, Jamie Upton Speed from Ideal for All, Khatija Patel from Ideal for All, Rosie Hughes from MCP, Karen Richards from Sandwell Council, Demi Hayes from MCP, Richard Kemp ‘The Kitchen Guy’ and Louis Jones from MCP.

MCP and Ideal for All members standing in the half-constructed kitchen

Rosie Hughes, community development manager for MCP, said: “It is great to see how this well-deserved project goes on to benefit and support the wider community. It’s such a pleasure to be part of this.”

Ideal For All runs the Salop Drive Market Garden. Jamie Upton Speed, its senior horticulturist, said: “It’s been great. We can’t thank MCP enough for their generous support. People of all ages come and have fun, exploring the produce of our allotments. Now they can cook what we grow in the new kitchen.”

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