Arco colleagues create an area for wellbeing and wildlife next to National Distribution Centre

Colleagues from Acro’s Hose Division have created a space for wellbeing and wildlife on an area of disused land next to the family business’ National Distribution Centre (NDC) at Priory Park, in Hessle.

Following the demolition of Arco’s previous office in Waverley Street, in Hull, as part of the upgrade of the A63, the safety expert’s hose division was relocated to a new £2 million purpose-built facility next door to the NDC.

Once there, colleagues soon realised the potential of a plot of unused land nearby and set about creating a garden space over the summer.

The project includes:

  • A small woodland walk that has bluebells and snowdrops in the spring.
  • A beehive with its own colony of honeybees, which were introduced in late summer and are thriving ahead of the winter.
  • A natural pond that is already attracting a wide range of small animals, including frogs.
  • Seating areas to relax and watch the local wildlife, creating a stronger bond with nature and enhancing the team’s wellbeing.

Alex Richards, Head of Hose & Export at Arco, said: “The garden is a perfect reflection of our team, as we have repurposed old hose fittings into planters and have recycled old wooden pallets into benches.

“It’s been an amazing team effort to create, with many colleagues helping in their personal time to develop the area into what has quickly become a great little wildlife haven and a natural space for people to enjoy a moment to relax during a busy day.

“We are so proud of this wonderful and mindful space and are all really looking forward to seeing how it will further develop over time.”

As well as the wellbeing benefits the garden brings for colleagues, the project is also good for the environment by bringing a previously unused piece of land into use through the planting of flowers, the creation of habitats for animals and the introduction of bees to increase pollination in the area.

Danny Hobson, Head of Ethics and Sustainability at Arco, said: “This project has created a beautiful oasis within a busy industrial complex.

“Biodiversity is so important to our world and our hose division has created an environment for wildlife to flourish.

“As a responsible business, Arco is committed to our climate and to making a meaningful difference by continuing to explore and action all the ways we can make a positive impact, from cutting emissions to investing in fleet and waste management and ensuring best practice in circularity through sustainable product development, packaging solutions and product recycling capabilities.

“It also means that Arco fully supports great initiatives like the garden that has been created by our colleagues at our hose division.

“The garden looks fantastic, and I’d like to thank all those who have put the time and effort into re-wilding this area. I know it will be enjoyed by both people and animals for many years to come.”