Green space for veterans

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate - Sustainable Communities Fund.

A community project in Gateshead is helping veterans to get into the garden thanks to funding from our Sustainable Communities Fund.

Bibby House, which is on the Leam Lane estate, offers supported accommodation for homeless veterans in partnership with charity Changing Lives. The funding from the housing company has provided a greenhouse, gardening equipment, bulbs and seeds so they can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of growing vegetables and flowers.

A patio table and chairs has also been gifted so that veterans can enjoy some outside seating and a place to gather to enjoy a more peaceful environment.

The project was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Neighbourhood Housing Officer Janice Pooley going along to do the honours.

The veterans also hope to grow flowers from seed to create hanging baskets and planters to brighten up the local area.

As a thank-you, those involved in the project have offered to participate in a local clean-up day at Leam Lane park and help with local projects and community events.

Neighbourhood Housing Officer Janice Pooley, who designed the bid, said: “We are delighted to support this project and help veterans living in Leam Lane. We look forward to seeing the results of the gardening.”

To find out more about the housing company’s Sustainable Communities Fund, which aims to improve the sustainability of estates and neighbourhoods and increase a sense of community among residents, visit

Photo: Neighbourhood Housing Officer Janice Pooley cutting the ribbon at Bibby House