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Summer Spruce-up at Manor Close

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Published by Rebecca Mills for Longhurst Group in Communities and also in Housing

Just some of the volunteers who have helped refresh the garden Just some of the volunteers who have helped refresh the garden

Residents at Manor Close in Thrapston will be able to enjoy their new and improved communal garden this summer thanks to green-fingered volunteers from Spire Homes, Turneys and Keepmoat.

On Monday 16th June volunteers began digging, planting and clearing to give the garden a second lease of life. Residents offered their support by planting pots and keeping the volunteers topped up with plenty of tea, coffee and nibbles!

The spruce-up was organised by Natalie Morton, Estates Officer at Spire Homes, “When the residents at Manor Court said they had been struggling to maintain the garden we knew that we could help. The response from our contractors, Turneys and Keepmoat, has been fantastic and they’ve been a huge help. Best of all, we’ve been able to improve the area at no cost to our residents, we’ve even uncovered some ornaments that were hidden amongst the plants!”

To help fund the improvement works, a Community Development Grant of £150 was secured from Spire Homes, with contractors Turneys and Keepmoat providing their time and materials free of charge. Spire Homes staff can take up to two days off to volunteer for local organisations that benefit the community.

“It’s great to see staff and our contractors making a commitment to helping tenants in such a direct and meaningful way” said Lynn Stubbs, Director of Business Improvement at Spire Homes. “Our Community Development Grant is a great way for us to help our residents make their communities even better places to live and work and I’m very proud of our staff who have volunteered to make this project happen.”

Spire Homes also have grants to help tenants who are pursuing further education or training and can also provide grants to community groups that benefit our tenants.

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