Tenants group wins action to fix garden's brick paving

Oxford Mail: Simon Warde, tenancy involvement and development officer. in the revamped garden Buy this photo Simon Warde, tenancy involvement and development officer. in the revamped garden

UNEVEN paving was proving hazardous for residents using a communal garden in Ashurst Way.

But thanks to a tenants group in Rose Hill and Oxford City Council, much-needed improvements have now been made.

The project was funded by the Environmental Improvements Budget after talks with tenants.

The garden was resurfaced by the city council with brick paving.

A brick planter was also built, which can be used by tenants who enjoy gardening and planting their own vegetables.

The old washing lines were replaced with retractable lines, so that the garden was no longer a drying area.

New turf was laid, wall baskets installed for additional planting and compost bins and water butts provided.

A bench was also installed and new flowers and bulbs were planted by tenants.

Ashurst Way resident Allison Connell, said: “The difference is amazing. It makes the appearance of the building look totally different. It makes you feel better.”

Thanks to the project, Ms Connell has completed a seven-week gardening course run by Oxford City Council.

Councillor Scott Seamons, board member for housing, said: “Every year we have a limited budget to carry out external improvements and it is always great to hear that a project has been successful.

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“We encourage tenant and resident associations to apply for this money for small projects to improve communal areas or the quality of life for tenants.”

Residents can submit suggestions by applying at oxford.gov.uk/getinvolved Applications must be backed by two other people and show community benefit.

Contact the tenant involvement team on 01865 249811 or email tenantinvolvement@oxford.gov.uk

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