The Project

Staff from idverde’s Wiltshire contract were delighted to join Selwood Housing residents for a community planting day on 4th March, which saw a number of shrub beds spruced up, with the help of local residents.

The planting activities were planned as part of the nationwide Great British Spring Clean event, which saw communities across Britain come together on the weekend of 4-5 March to tidy up their neighbourhoods.

idverde’s local Contract Manager, Kevin Bowler, liaised with Selwood Housing’s Community Engagement Facilitator, Amée Dewitt, to organise the planting day, which saw some tired shrub beds, which fall outside the grounds maintenance contract specification, tidied up and re-planted with new plants.

Prior to the event, idverde visited the site to remove the old shrubs, add new top soil, and prepare the beds for planting. The team also sourced a selection of suitable plants from idverde’s suppliers in order to achieve the best value for the client’s budget for the project.

On the day of the planting, the idverde team was delighted to join local residents of all ages to re-plant the beds with shrubs including lavender and heather. Once the beds were re-planted the area looked much more cheerful and welcoming, and a layer of mulch was added as a finishing touch to help with moisture retention and to keep down weeds.

Selwood Housing’s Community Engagement Facilitator, Amée Dewitt, said:

“Thank you so much for the planting, it looks absolutely incredible, such a difference from before. The idverde team who attended were really lovely, too. Thanks again for giving up your Saturday to make this work on the exact day I wanted it to, really grateful.”

idverde Contract Manager, Kevin Bowler, added:

“It was a pleasure to work with Amée and the Seymour Community Association residents to spruce up the planters on the estate. Everyone was keen to pitch in and it was great to see the difference made to the area. We look forward to further opportunities to work with Selwood Housing and their residents on similar projects in the future.”