Housing trust rewards ten tree-mendous gardeners
Published by Alison Donovan for The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Environment
Cameron Finnie, Estates Services Manager at Vale of Aylesbury Housing (bottom, left), with Phil Stephenson of The Landscape Group (bottom, right) and residents of Stanhope Road (back row).
Residents of Stanhope Road recently received an unexpected bonus when Vale of Aylesbury Housing (the Trust) paid them a visit. The housing association donated a flowering cherry tree to a group of 10 local gardeners who take care of a nearby patch of Trust owned land.
Cameron Finnie, Estates Services Manager at the Trust, said: "We have been supporting the Stanhope Road residents over the past few years to help maintain the Trust-owned land outside their properties. The donation is a way of saying 'thank you' for keeping their grassed areas in such impeccable condition."
The group have discussed spreading their community gardening efforts to develop more areas - and even hint at entering the 'Aylesbury in Bloom' competition in the future.
Sue Haines, Stanhope Road resident and budding gardener, said: "A couple of years ago the Trust gave us permission to plant spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops. The blooms brightened up the neighbourhood so much that we asked if we could have a tree to make the area look even more attractive. Again, the Trust responded positively and recently donated a flowering cherry tree, for which we are extremely grateful."
The Trust also provides a gardening service for their elderly and disabled tenants for as little as £24.00 a visit. The service was introduced in April 2013 and proved to be hugely successful, achieving 99% satisfaction.
If you are a Trust resident and would like to find out more about the service, contact 01296 732600.