The garden gang

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

Residents at a sheltered scheme in West Gateshead are enjoying their own little haven, thanks to The Gateshead Housing Company and partners.

When tenants at Rydal Crescent in Winlaton requested an outdoor space where they could meet and chat, the housing company, keen to encourage independence, wellbeing and social inclusion, agreed that this was an excellent idea.

The work to the patio was paid for by the housing company’s Sustainable Communities Fund. This fund is used for projects that improve the sustainability of the estates and neighbourhoods it manages and that increase a sense of community in our residents.

Gateshead Council’s Construction Services carried out the work, which involved digging out a grassed area to the right of the existing patio and installing two raised flower beds to the rear of the scheme’s communal lounge. Rotten fencing was also replaced all around the garden’s perimeter.

The tenants bought their own plants and are starting a small community vegetable garden club in the newly created raised beds.

Sheltered Scheme Officer Colleen Tearle said: “The garden looks amazing, especially in the good weather with the tables and chairs out. Construction Services have done a cracking job – we couldn’t have asked for more.”

Older Persons’ Housing Manager Andrew Yates said: “The vegetable garden is a great idea because it encourages local people to live a healthy lifestyle.

“This project supports a key aim of the Housing Company’s Five-Year Plan by facilitating an environment of growth and sustainability.”

Photo: Joan Gallagher, Irene Hepple, Olga Barnes, Agnes McIntyre, Margaret Curry and Flo Grey enjoying the sunshine at Rydal Crescent.