Working together to plant bulbs in Derwent Road
It was lovely to see some of our tenants and local residents as our Fylde West Area Housing, Caretaking and Progress Involvement teams were looking after the circular bed on the Kilnhouse estate.
Colleagues dug up the top soil and grass and then planted mini daffodil, tulip and crocus bulbs in the bed in between Lawson and Derwent Road, ready for the spring.
Once the bulbs have flowered, the team will be heading back to the site to sow wildflower seeds to create a colourful centrepiece through the summer and into autumn.
And whilst they were at work, they had several tenants and residents come up to them to find out what they were doing and offer help.
One tenant volunteer said: “I got a leaflet through my door and then when I walked past, I thought I would help, as I wanted to support what Progress was doing.”
Another resident told the team: “You are all doing a great job.”
Lisa, who is a resident of the area, said: “I think it is important to help out and make the area look better. It is great to have a community come together and look after the green spaces that we are living in.”
The bulb planting work was part of our colleague volunteering project, supported by our Community Investment Fund.
Sam Beattie, Progress Involvement Officer, said: “Local tenants and residents had said that the green space needed a bit of a revamp, we thought that adding bulbs and wildflowers to the central roundabout style bed would be eye catching. The side beds that were full of weeds are also being removed.
"We have made several improvements in the Kilnhouse area over the past year, including creating a bin stores help reduce litter and improve the appearance of the area. We also held a community clean-up day to get rid of bulky waste, and a community chat asking tenants and residents what they thought of the area.
“We are in the process of setting up a Kilnhouse Community Facebook Group, to aid communication between the Area team and local residents. More information about this will be dropping through doors towards the end of the month.”
Caretaker Paul told us: “I have worked on this estate for 13 years and it is the best it has ever been. Now we have the bin stores, it is much better. It is nice to see the community working together to keep the area looking tidy.”
- If you live in the Kilnhouse estate, and want to be part of the conversation to help improve the area, join our Facebook group: Kilnhouse Community Chat.
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