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Brian’s story


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Golden Lane Housing joined forces with tenants, their support staff from HFT and a volunteer to complete our first one day garden make over which took place in the North West.

Anthony, Brian and Anthony’s garden was chosen by the Golden Lane Housing team after a property inspection revealed areas were overgrown as it was difficult to manage.

Involving tenants and staff we discussed ways to improve their garden creating an environment for them to relax, enjoy and easily maintain.

The event began with the removal of a large bush marking the beginning of the transformation.  Within minutes the team was busily working on the front and back garden, trees and bushes were cut back, shovels were digging beds and clearing raised beds, a bricked area was removed, turf was laid, low maintenance areas were created, whilst others were sanding and painting garden furniture, fencing, decking and railings.

Shortly after lunch the garden came to life with colour and therapeutic smells.  We planted 50 plants, 150 bulbs, and ten pots were filled with winter bedding plants, herbs and lavender. Ten solar lights were placed around the back garden, and a bird feeder at the corner of the decking.

At the end of the day Brian said a few words to the group, “I love my garden, thanks everyone for your help, it looks great.”

Alastair Graham, director of Golden Lane Housing explains, “This was our first garden make over which completely transformed the garden and looked wonderful by the end of the day.  The tenants and staff joined in and it was great to be able to make such a difference.

I would also like to thank Chris Withers for volunteering on the day. His experience in general building maintenance supported the team and I know he wanted to give something back to the community.

Next year we will be holding a garden make over competition to enable tenants across the country to nominate their garden explaining why it will help them.  We’re looking forward to it already!”

Anthony, Brian and Anthony’s garden has been transformed

You can see how we transformed the garden and how beautiful it looks now.