Members of the Property Investment team in Orbit South recently joined forces with Mitie and a handful of customers to transform an unused piece of land at Addison Gardens in Sutton, Surrey.
The land behind the scheme was previously being used as a bin storage area and customers had approached the Property Investment team to discuss the idea of planting some shrubbery to make it more appealing. Tracy Barrow, Project Manager for Property Investment, saw the opportunity to create a new communal space instead, putting forward the idea of building planters for the community to use.
Customers at the scheme were made aware of the proposed changes before the works took place, allowing them to get involved with discussions on how the land could be utilised and ensuring that they would be pleased with the outcome. While the bulk of the work was carried out by Mitie, six customers also lent a helping hand along with Tracy, Neil Diddams, Deji Fajobi, Stephanie Hawkes and Robert Gausden of the Property Investment team.
Along with the original shrubbery, the team also put in new planters and erected some new fencing, turning the unused piece of land into an established community garden. Customers have since expressed their gratitude for the work done and they have discussed the possibility of using one of the planters as a small vegetable garden, allowing the community to be brought together through developing a new hobby.
Tracy said: “It’s wonderful to be able to improve our communities in this way and we’re all really happy with the outcome. It was brilliant to have so much positive feedback from our customers and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that got involved with the transformation process.”