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ABP employees help out at Hackney Herbal

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The ABP team hard at work providing a helping hand for the Hackney Herbal project as part of Give and Gain Day 2015.

The ABP team hard at work providing a helping hand for the Hackney Herbal project as part of Give and Gain Day 2015.

A team of Associated British Ports (ABP) employees have helped out a community herb garden in Hackney, London.

The assignment for the Hackney Herbal project was ABP’s contribution to Business in the Community’s seventh annual Give and Gain Day, the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering.

The Hackney Herbal project brings local residents and the environment together in a collaborative and creative way.

The group of 11 ABP employees constructed storage facilities and worked on developing the garden, which produces herbs for a tea blend that is sold locally. The proceeds from the sale of this tea fund health and wellbeing projects in the area.

ABP’s team leader on the day, Management Accountant Chris Shipley said: “It was hard work with plenty of weeding, sawing, clearing and building; but it was really worthwhile with a tangible result at the end.”

“As a team we are proud of what we achieved and we hope it will benefit local people for years to come.”

The project’s Nat Mady said: “The garden is run entirely by volunteers so it was great to have the team from ABP come in to help and inject lots of energy and enthusiasm to get things done that often are impossible without a big group.”

Give and Gain Day is the world’s largest volunteering project, with businesses around the UK giving their time to various community organisations.

For more information on the Hackney Herbal project visit cordwainersgrow.org.uk/project/hackney-herbal/

About ABP

ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.


  • ·         Handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year
  • ·         Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • ·         Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
  • ·         Has 1, 000 hectares of open storage
  • ·         Handles around 100m tonnes of cargo each year
  • ·         Owns 5, 000 hectares of port estate
  • ·         Has 87km of quay

Our five year investment programme is worth £837 million. Our investment is designed to respond to the needs of our customers whose business relies on our ports for access to international and, in some cases, domestic markets.



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