Westward helps put the ‘green’ into Greenbank
Published by Slough for Westward Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Children taking part in Greenbank planting day
Children and parents have put their green fingers to good use at a fun planting day on the Greenbank estate in Plymouth on July 28 in an initiative supported by Westward Housing Group.
Following the installation of a new play area in May, Westward provided additional funding for planting beds to ensure the surrounding area is colourful and pleasant for families.
Westward worked with the Greenbank Residents’ Association, play area contractor Earth Wrights and the Growing Devon Schools Partnership to ensure the children had help and guidance on the day during the digging and planting.
Children also enjoyed craft activities and face painting and lunch and ice creams were provided.
Jessica Smith, four, was among the children who enjoyed the day and said: “I enjoyed the face-painting, doing the planting with my friends but my favourite was cake!”
Her friend Bethany Morris, eight, said: “I loved playing with my friends doing the planting.”
Parent Nicky Southern said: “I liked how we got together as a community and really mucked in together.”
Earth Wrights created the planting beds and also installed an additional bench and seating at the play area.
The play area, which has made a significant difference on the estate, ties in with Westward’s strategic aim of ‘creating great homes and neighbourhoods where people want to live and work’.
Westward Customer Engagement Manager Paul Raeburn said: “It was most rewarding to see all generations of residents working hard together on such a positive project.”
Melissa Harvey, of the Growing Devon Schools Partnership, supported the scheme and explained to the children the importance of plants and how to care for them. They each then adopted a plant and will continue to water and look after it.
Melissa said: “Everybody was up for it today and worked really hard to plant everything. Some of the children said they had never done this before.”
Continuing care of the beds will now be in the safe hands of the local after school club.