Inclusive green spaces

At Chequers, we work with a number of housing associations to help them maintain their outdoor spaces. Because of the value that outside, green spaces add to people’s quality of life, our relationships give us a huge opportunity to positively impact thousands of residents on the sites we look after.


The pandemic proved that the benefits to mental health of green spaces shouldn’t be underestimated.


This Grounds Week, we have already shared some hints and tips about lawn care, but we are involved in doing so much more to enhance the outdoor spaces we look after. Here are some recent examples:


We planted six wildflower gardens and installed bug hotels to encourage a wide range of beneficial insects to take up residence in Southern Housing residents’ gardens.


Again, for Southern Housing, we have engaged with residents and had their help to plant a number of trees to enhance a garden.


For Central & Cecil and for Croydon Churches Housing Association, we have engaged with residents and launched sunflower planting competitions. The winners will be those with the tallest plants. We have provided the seeds, the soil, and the pots too, so that residents don’t have to spend any money to join in and have some fun.


As the cost of living continues to rise, the simple pleasures to be derived from gardening are worth considering, and we encourage residents to take an interest by getting involved in initiatives like those above, or simply by joining Chequers horticultural operatives for lunch and learn sessions.


Naomi Childe, director at Chequers said: “Gardening is an inclusive activity that can genuinely help create a culture of togetherness and promote a sense of pride in communities. And the wider value to the environment and the animal world is significant.”

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