Sowing the seeds of change at Berry Brow

Release Date: 30-Sep-2008
The on-going improvements of the Berry Brow flats in Huddersfield took a new direction last week, with the creation of a new garden by the entrance to the tower blocks.
The garden has been built by a team of volunteers from KNH, who exchanged their usual keyboards and telephones for spades, forks and turf cutters.

The team of project managers, customer services and communications officers are usually desk-bound and most provide support services to other teams, so they were keen to take on a more physical challenge that would directly benefit customers.

Their request for project suggestions was answered by David Detraux, KNH’s Senior Estate Management Officer for Berry Brow and the newly-formed Two Towers Tenants & Residents Association (TRA), who asked if the team could transform part of a grassed area outside the flats into a garden.

With invaluable help from local gardening expert, Graham Porter, TRA reps and a number of local residents, the team toiled for over two days, preparing the area, creating raised beds and planting a variety of herbs and plants.

As well as creating the garden, the team also helped estate management staff and TRA reps to consult with local tenants and residents about the possibility of creating a community garden or allotment where they could grow their own fruits and vegetables.

The allotment is just one of the many ideas that the new TRA has for Berry Brow. Made up of a number of young and enthusiastic residents, the group is determined to improve the environment in which they live and help change the wider perception of their community into something much more positive.

Senior Estate Management Officer, David Detraux, said: “I found the day inspiring and was pleased that those people who came along confirmed that they wanted our larger allotment project to go ahead.”

Chair of the TRA, Robin Taylor, said: “It was a great day and I’m really keen now to see our larger garden project get going as soon as possible.”

The project was made possible by a KNH Excel Community Grant awarded to the residents’ group. B&Q and Kirklees Council’s Leisure Services department kindly donated plants and materials and the KNH Caretakers loaned the team essential equipment.
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