A lost and overgrown community garden has been restored after being discovered hidden away at Hatfield Close in Lewisham.
National contractor United Living worked with Lewisham Homes, local residents and sub-contractors Gunite and Axis, who together in a few focused hours transformed the area to the benefit of the residential community in what was a real team effort.
Sharon Douglas, Community Development Officer at United Living, said: “We had a clear objective which was to make it a more inviting user friendly haven for the local community, providing a calm, restful and welcoming space. The team restored clear access to the pathways and what had become hidden seating, revived the plants by clearing the smothering ivy and bringing the gardens back to its tranquil glory with landscaped grounds.”
The work is taking place in the context of United Living and Lewisham Homes’ work on Hatfield Close and neighbouring Gerrard House to replace cladding and improve fire safety.
Alys Exley-Smith, Community Relations Manager at Lewisham Homes, said: “It was an amazing afternoon at Hatfield Close. There was real dedication from everyone involved to improve the garden and environment for Lewisham Homes’ residents living there. Thank you so much to United Living, we couldn’t have done it without you.”
Two more gardens in the same overgrown state have also been discovered, and work is ongoing to enhance and restore them to the same standard. Helping improve these gardens is Jason Agyei, a local resident who has really benefited from the working partnership between United Living and Lewisham Homes. Jason has grown up in the area and used the local community centre, which was recently regenerated by United Living, to support his career. He is now having direct input into the improvements at Hatfield Close and Gerrard House.
Bringing the gardens back into wider residential community use, Jason’s hard work along with the teams involved has resulted in positive environmental changes in the area. Residents have passed on thanks for the completion of the first garden and in the near future all the communal gardens will be hubs of social activity.