As part of Higgins ‘giving back to the community’ legacy, the team at Colville Estate recently organised a community volunteer day.
Staff and contractors from Higgins, Wates and Anthology came together on the hottest day of the year to build new planters in the Colville Estate Community Garden. The garden was in great need of improvement as the space had not been utilised and managed effectively.
Jeff Joseph, Community Investment Manager for Higgins comments, “We have had various consultations with the local community to find out their wishes for the community garden and it was highlighted that they wanted somewhere to gown their own plants and vegetables and enjoy the space.
“The garden hadn’t been managed so it had started to look worse for wear so we were pleased to bring a team together to give it some much needed TLC by planting some larger low level planters and give training to maintain the garden.”
The team spent the day building four large planters, a new shed, garden chest and demolishing the old tatty park benches. In addition the garden has had a petrol mower, garden shed, garden chest, spades, forks, watering cans, growing baskets and two new park benches donated.
The next stage of the project will be to fill the planters with top soil and provide the newly established gardening club with necessary training provided by Groundworks and set up funding with the help of Hackney Resident Participation.