While spending months isolating at home, being able to sit out in the garden is something that can make a world of difference to someone.

So when a tenant could not tend to the communal garden outside his property due to illness, he asked us for help.

The Fylde West Team joined forces with the caretakers and colleagues across the Group to transform the communal garden area in Don Street, St Annes, as part of our You said, we did commitment. 

With some tenants lending a helping hand, it made all the difference.

Tenants and colleagues worked together to cut back shrubs, weed the borders and pathways, mow the lawns, and replant two large planters. The team also repaired and repainted fences and created a new path for a tenant who is disabled. The final piece of work was saving a rose bush by replanting it in a more suitable location at the rear of the garden.

Vivienne Fox, Area Housing Officer, said: “It’s always a pleasure to get involved in any community activities, especially when we achieve what we did on the day. Looking at the before and after photos made me proud to work with such dedicated team members who pulled out all the stops and made this event worthwhile.  Thanks to everyone involved, especially the tenants who worked really hard. They should be proud of their efforts.”

Tenants were amazed at the transformation and told us they were looking forward to sitting out in the sun.

Simon said: “The garden was so overgrown when I moved in, and I have not been able to look after it myself. It stopped all the light coming through my living room and bedroom, but now I have light. It is a nice place to be now, and as I am stuck at home, this means a lot to me.

“I enjoy living here, as I have really good neighbours, so it is nice to have a space we can look after and share.”

Solomon said: “The area is lovely now. Everything that needed doing has been done. Thank you.”

Eddie said: “It’s been done magnificently. You can tell the team are really interested in what they are doing and they all seem to get on well together. I like my garden. My wife and I spend a lot of time out here, so this could not have worked out better for us.”

Stephen said: "This is absolutely great, I am starting to get into gardening now."

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