Countryside celebrates 60 years


Today is a special day for Countryside, marking 60 years since the business was founded. The company has come a long way since 1958, establishing itself as one of the UK’s leading housebuilders. To thank the colleagues and communities that have supported Countryside on this journey, as well as providing an extra day’s holiday to each member staff, the company has been donating 60 days of time to charities. Staff have been encouraged to leave their usual Countryside roles to volunteer at organisations and offer practical support.

So far, teams have painted kitchens for Changing Pathways, a domestic abuse charity, and transformed classrooms and outdoor play areas in a school in Hackney, London. Benches and raised beds have been built for sustainable charity, Incredible Edible, in Knowsley, which grows food for the community to pick and eat for free. Outdoor furniture has been decorated for Broomfield Hospital in Essex, and volunteers were kept busy at Harlow Fields School & College, painting, mowing and constructing fences. Other initiatives include maintenance at South Essex Wildlife Hospital; conservation work in the forest for the Thames Chase Forest Centre Trust; enhancing gardens and interiors at Little Havens Hospice in Benfleet; landscaping, maintenance and painting at the Heart of Kent Hospice; and supporting a rugby tournament for local schools in Essex.

Chief Executive Ian Sutcliffe said: “We are always looking for ways to engage with the communities where we work. Every year we sponsor and donate to many charities. This year our colleagues are visiting organisations to volunteer, build gardens and facilities, offer support and do all we can to support a number of local and regional charities with 60 days away from their normal Countryside roles to make a difference. We will be continuing the initiative in 2019 and we look forward to building further relationships in our local communities next year.”