Blocks in bloom

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Help in your home - multi-storey accommodation, News, On your estate - Sustainable Communities Fund.

Brisbane and Sydney Court Planting - August 2016_017Three multi-storey blocks in Central Gateshead are flowered up, thanks to our Sustainable Communities Fund and the efforts of residents and Caretakers.

The fund was used to buy hanging baskets to improve the external appearance of Sydney Court and Brisbane Court. Caretakers Tom Parker and Paul Stephenson have been working hard, planting flowers and maintaining the baskets.

Plants and bulbs for the baskets were donated by residents.

Over at St Cuthbert’s Court, money from the Sustainable Communities Fund has been used to fence off an area, creating a garden space.

Tenants in the block have started planting it out. Andy Middlemiss, one of the residents involved, said: “I’m very happy with the fenced area. It has given me some privacy and stopped anti-social behaviour. And the opportunity to plant flowers has made the view from my windows so much nicer.

“The area is still a work in progress but is coming along nicely. I have received positive feedback from other residents in the building and from neighbours in the surrounding area.”

This positive feedback was officially reported by David Greenhalgh, one of our Customer Inspectors. David highlighted the good work of the caretakers and residents at his recent inspection, prompting us to get out there and see for ourselves.

We’re sure you’ll agree that the blocks are looking blooming marvellous!

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Customer Inspector, email the Multi-storey Team or call 0191 433 5370.

Photo: Caretaker Tom Parker tending to the hanging baskets at Sydney Court.