Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing have been named as finalists in the 2022 Community Awards, for their investment and commitment to transforming a communal garden area at Beech Road in Bridgnorth.
The Community Awards by Aico|HomeLINK will recognise the achievements of inspirational individuals and organisations working within the local community and social housing, winners will be announced at an event in Birmingham on 12 May by George Clarke, Architect and TV presenter.
This inspiring neighbourhood transformation project has delivered a beautifully designed community garden, a £14,000 project to really enable connectivity and engagement within the elderly community. The bright and attractive garden is now wheelchair friendly, meaning that everyone can be a part of this newly created space, developed with the community for the community.
STAR worked closely with Derwen College to deliver a a seating area, surrounded by a variety of shrubs including magnolia’s, hydrangea, and lavender to provide colour, attract wildlife and be low maintenance. Plants were chosen that are low maintenance but would give a big impact on the aesthetics of the area. The benefit of improved wildlife spaces is something STAR strive to improve upon.
Local resident Terry Miller says - ‘The garden looks a lot better, and I am looking forward to the flowers coming out in the spring. I had a good laugh with the other residents when we were putting the plants in, it brightens up Beech Road.”
Managing Director at STAR Housing, Sue Adams, says. “This project has brought together lots of people and really encouraged a sense of community. To be able to be ready to enjoy Spring in the gardens and summer nights with neighbours and friends is something that is priceless.”