Lewisham Homes staff got their hands dirty for the local community last week when they helped build a community classroom at Frendsbury Gardens in Brockley.
The initiative, organised by Councillor Paul Bell, saw staff swap the office for the great outdoors to create a place for children and families to learn about plants and wildlife. The garden, which used to be waste land, received a Green Flag award for management of green spaces in 2013.
The garden is very popular in the area and runs under fives’ nature and craft sessions, an after school club and health and wellbeing gardening sessions for isolated and vulnerable adults. The garden is also used by the local schools for classes such as maths and biology but there is no shelter from the rain. Local resident Nadine Hibbert secured funding from Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes to build a community classroom to rectify this. The classroom is a circular building made from computer cut pieces of bendy wood, making it possible to be constructed by volunteers.
Seven members of staff from Lewisham Homes took part in the event, alongside local residents, staff from Mace and Councillors Joan Millbank and Luke Sorba. After a hard day’s work the outer frame had been secured and drilling had begun. There is still work to be done so if you are interested please sign up via the Eventbrite link here.
Below are some photographs from the day. Do you have a community event we should know about? Contact our Community Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.