They say it takes a village to raise a child – and it takes a team of businesses to support Cromwell youth.

Fulton Hogan and Barrett Homes teamed up with the Cromwell Youth Trust recently to upgrade the outdoor area outside The Hangout youth centre.

Trust manager Rhys Smith said the area was the final stage of a rejuvenation of the youth centre, but had been put off in lieu of other projects that needed funding.

The area had been overgrown and grass sown had died during lockdown.

Artificial grass was a solution that would make the area usable and less maintenance would be involved for trust youth workers.

Mr Smith approached Fulton Hogan for help with the idea.

Fulton Hogan surfacing department manager Adam Lind said the company was a keen supporter of community initiatives and stumped up $5000 worth of turf and materials for the project.

“To be able to do something like this for the youth of Cromwell is pretty cool,” he said.

With the materials donated, finding the budget and time to lay the grass was another matter.

That is where Barrett Homes came in.

The company approached the youth trust to see where it could “give a little” to the youth centre. It was pointed to the outdoor space.

Together, the Barrett Homes construction and sales teams along with Buchanan Digger Hire did the bulk of the earthworks in a weekend, and laid the artificial grass shortly after that.

Barrett Homes sales representative Emily Derham said the company had the man- and woman-power, machinery and time to help with the project.

“What a difference this has made for both the kids, their hangout space and the overall look of the corner site within the shopping mall area – a win-win all round,” she said.

Barrett Homes will also complete the next step with seating spaces and planter boxes to finish the area.