Bringing a community’s ideas to life

Leading housing provider Stonewater recently hosted a community day for some of its customers in Bournemouth last week, to help boost their work to improve the communal areas at their scheme.

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Douglas Mews is just over two miles from the centre of Bournemouth in Dorset and home to more than 52 families. There is a great community spirit at Douglas Mews and a real sense that the whole neighbourhood is well cared for, which is greatly down to the residents’ committee, comprising of Stonewater customers and their neighbours.

For some time, the residents have wanted to work together to improve some of the scheme’s communal areas, Stonewater and its grounds maintenance contractor, idverde, supported the residents by providing volunteers for a few hours on Thursday morning, to improve a piece of land at the entrance of the scheme. This included planting hedges and other greenery, all provided by Stonewater.

In addition, another Stonewater contractor, maintenance and repair specialist Fortem, provided a skip for all of the schemes residents to use. Having a skip on hand gave the perfect opportunity for those who needed a helping hand to tidy and clear their own gardens to get involved too.

Loretta Cummerson, Vice Chair of Stonewater’s scrutiny panel, resident and elected Chair of Douglas Mews’ residents committee, said: “I was really pleased to see so many members of our community come out last week and take part in improving the surrounding areas of the scheme, as well as helping neighbours to tidy up their own gardens.

“We’re really thankful that Stonewater and their contractors volunteered their time and provided the skip and plants to help us carry out these improvements. We’re all incredibly proud of our area and days like this really show how much pride we take in caring for our homes and one another.”

James Tarrant, contract manager at idverde, said: “idverde has been working with Stonewater for a number of years, not only in Bournemouth but along the south coast and in the Midlands. We are always pleased to support communities in improving where they live. This has given us an opportunity to be able to do this in a very practical sense. I have enjoyed being able to work with the residents and it has been a pleasure to see the enthusiasm of those that attended today.”