idverde’s Greenspace Development Team (IGDT) teamed up with partners at Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) to help clients at Clarion Housing (Plymouth) develop ideas and implement a communal garden makeover for Ferndale Community Tenants Group.

The project was a Clarion Housing Funded Resident-led Change project that was spearheaded by Ferndale Tenant Chairman Steve Medlin.

The idverde Greenspace Development Team worked with tenants, clients and CRC Managers to source and cost the materials for the project, with all labour for the hard and soft landscape construction being provided by supervised special works teams from Devon and Cornwall CRC.

Devon and Cornwall CRC supervisors worked with probationers on Saturdays for the duration of the project, laying foundations, constructing block work and timber raised planters, rendering planters and laying slabs and turf.

idverde has been working with Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust since 2012 in Exeter, Plymouth and Newton Abbott and would like to thank the teams and probationers who have really given back to the local community over the years on a range of parks and housing projects.

Steve Medlin, Chairman Ferndale Community Tenants Group said: “Thanks to idverde and the Devon and Cornwall Probation teams. Super job on the Ferndale Community Garden, and you’re all welcome back for a barbeque at the garden any time!”

Pippa Gregory, Neighbourhood Investment Officer South West, Clarion Housing Group said: “On behalf of Clarion Housing and, most importantly, our residents, thanks to idverde and Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust for continuing to deliver high quality improvements to our communal green spaces in true community spirit.”

John Brownlow, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Trust, Plymouth said: “Thanks to idverde and Clarion Housing for continuing to provide great practical opportunities for our probation teams to ensure we can continue to allow probationers to give back to communities where they live.”

Andrew Kauffman, Assistant Director iGDT said: “Thanks to John, Paul, and Garry from Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company for continuing to support resident-led change projects locally for idverde’s housing and parks clients in the area, and to the probationers who gave back to a positive community improvement locally. And, most importantly, to Steve, Chairman of the Ferndale Community Tenant Group for believing in the project and the positive powers of giving people a second chance.”

The idverde Greenspace Development Team would also like to thank:

Steve Medlin from Ferndale Tenants Group for his support and collaborative working in driving the project and working with teams on the ground, and opening up the community building on Saturdays to provide toilet and welfare facilities for the CRC teams working on the project.

Plymouth Argyle Football Club for donating topsoil from renovation works on their training pitch, which was used to fill the raised planters. To avid Argyle fan Steve this was the icing on the cake for the project!