Residents at a Curo sheltered housing scheme in Keynsham braved the rain last week to reopen their community garden which has been transformed following a makeover by Curo and contractor Snape Contracting Services Ltd.
Residents at The Labbott asked Curo for help in bringing their disused and unloved garden back to life. Curo and contractor Snape Contracting Services Ltd worked together to redesign the space, with Snape contributing a significant sum over and above what was originally planned to ensure the garden would exceed residents’ expectations.
As a sheltered housing scheme, making the garden accessible was important, so a wheelchair-friendly ramp was installed with raised planters and an emphasis on low-maintenance gardening throughout the space.
Curo Lead Surveyor Paul Morgan said: “Residents are over the moon with the garden which looks amazing, even in December! I’m looking forward to coming back in the summer to see everything in bloom.”
Resident Teri Florance was said: “An overgrown wilderness has been transformed into this beautiful community garden which all the residents can enjoy. Having a space like this will bring all the community together and means we can really get to know each other – we’re already thinking about our first barbecue!
"We want to thank the team at Curo and Snape who’ve worked so hard in all weathers to create this wonderful garden for us.”
Dave Osborne, Regional Director of Snape Contracting Services added: “Over the last five years, Snape Group has been working closely with Curo across various contracts and, after meeting with the tenants at The Labbotts, decided that the garden was an opportunity to give something back to the community.
"The design of the garden was a collaboration of Snape working closely with the residents to ensure it fulfilled the needs and requirements of the people using the garden. I would like to add, they were a pleasure to work with.”
Pictured, L-R: Mark Avery (Snape), Paul Morgan (Curo), Dave Osborn (Snape) with Curo residents Teri Florance, Steve Packer, Jean Reeves and Ben Hickling.