LOCAL community project GROW is a collaboration between non-profit organisations Thrive Jersey, the Parish of St Helier and The Good Jersey Life, which supports Islanders experiencing food poverty by donating all produce grown at its 13-vergée site in St Helier to those in need.
And now Jersey Finance has joined forces with GROW to offer firms who took part in the inaugural Sustainable Finance Awards last year the opportunity to plant a range of fruit and nut trees as part of the initiative.
Twenty-one companies took part in the tree-planting session on 24 March. Each tree has an assigned QR code that provides information on the tree as well as on the organisation that planted it.
‘Getting outside and working together to grow, harvest and learn offers immense positives on a personal and community level,’ said Sheena Brockie, sustainability consultant at The Good Jersey Life and co-founder of GROW. ‘I am delighted that so many financial professionals took the opportunity to do just that. Whichever industry you work in, it is vital that we come together to ensure a greener, more sustainable future for all.’
Amy Bryant, deputy chief executive of Jersey Finance, added: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for our members to show their commitment to creating a more sustainable future while also supporting an important project that is playing a vital role in educating Islanders and feeding those without easy access to fresh produce.
‘Continuing off the back of our Sustainable Finance Awards, it is encouraging to see our sector taking action, both at a business and community level, to enact meaningful change.’