Havebury tenants' gardening skills blossom
Green-fingered Havebury Housing Partnership tenants have learnt how to get the most out of their allotments, thanks to a training session held by Havebury contractor Ground Control.
Residents met at the allotments on Lancaster Avenue, Bury St Edmunds and enjoyed an entertaining talk from Simon Smith from grounds maintenance and cleansing contractor Ground Control on the basics of looking after an allotment.
Ground Control was appointed in May of this year to carry out works on Havebury land including grass cutting and hedge and tree maintenance. They are also responsible for cleansing which includes the removal of litter, vandalism, fly-tipping and weed control to keep the neighbourhoods clean and tidy.
Simon demonstrated a number of top gardening tips from “double digging” to increase soil drainage, to dealing with common pests and diseases that cause problems for gardeners.
Simon, Operations Manager at Ground Control, said: “Even though it was pouring down with rain most of the day, the tenants were really eager to learn more about how to prepare their allotments and how to grow different vegetables and plants. There were lots of very good questions and I look forward to seeing what they grow in the coming months.”
Havebury tenant Peter Russell, who brought his son Matthew along to the event, said: “We both really enjoyed the session and appreciate the time and effort put into the presentation”.
If you are interested in helping out at the community allotment on the Mildenhall Estate, social housing provider Havebury is keen to hear from any volunteers. Volunteers are able to keep some of the produce as a 'thank you' for their efforts and the rest goes to the local Food Bank. Contact Havebury on 0300 3300900 for more information.
Havebury, which has offices in Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds, is dedicated to serving both the existing and future housing needs of people in West Suffolk and parts of Cambridgeshire. A charity and not-for-profit association, it currently manages 6,000 homes. For more information about Havebury Housing Partnership, please call 0300 3300 900 or visit www.havebury.com