Makeover gives Keynsham residents' garden a new lease of life

Published on: 30 Dec 2016

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Residents at a sheltered housing scheme in Keynsham say they are already planning a summer barbecue after their community garden was transformed in a makeover.

A disused space at The Labbott has been brought back to life after residents approached housing association Curo to create a garden everyone could enjoy.

Curo and contractor Snape Contracting Services Ltd redesigned the site together and have now installed raised planters for low-maintenance gardening and a wheelchair-friendly ramp. Resident Teri Florance 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, which provided funding towards the project, 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.”

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.”

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