Ground force

Park House in Sandringham was built in 1863 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. In 1983, Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of Leonard Cheshire Disability, offered the house as a Leonard Cheshire home, and it was converted into a country house hotel for disabled people...

The Howdens team working on improving Park House in Sandringham

Of course, the estate needs constant maintenance, and in August 2010, 53 of the Howdens Product and Marketing team spent their annual team-building days volunteering there. In more than 500 man-hours, they worked on a raised sensory garden, a large pond, and a woodland walk, as well as redecorating an apartment and painting iron railings.

A particularly challenging project at Park House was clearing the overgrown forest to create a walkway suitable for wheelchair access. The forest floor was very uneven, but the team weeded and cleared the pathway, defined it with edging, and planted flowers along the entrance to the forest. Their efforts went so well, they were able to continue the wheelchair access through to the other end of the forest, creating a safe and relaxing environment – just one aspect of the superb facilities that Park House has been recognised repeatedly for in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.