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Anne transforms Firmstone Court Gardens

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A green fingered Wollaston resident has been working hard to develop a communal garden for the benefit of her fellow council tenants.

Anne White who lives in the council-owned high rise asked her fellow residents at a forum meeting back in September 2019 if she could look after the garden which at the time was just a stretch of grass. The members were keen to take Anne up on her offer and she has since planted flower beds, created a circle in the middle of the lawn, introduced colourful plants and established borders.


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The garden also features two benches in the garden, one donated by Anne herself in memory of her late husband and the other by Wollaston Paper Shop.

Anne maintains the garden herself and is keen involve other residents with the maintenance and development of the garden. She has further ideas to improve the area by including a decking area to make it a welcome space for all the residents in Firmstone Court.

Anne said:

Since losing my husband in 2016 the garden has given me focus and a new lease of life.
I want to make the area pretty and peaceful garden for people to relax in

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for housing said:

Anne has done a remarkable job of not only improving the area but working to bring residents together to share this green space and take pride in their community.
She has achieved such a lot in such a short space of time and she should be really proud of everything she has done. This is a great example of how our housing forums can empower residents to contribute to and improve their shared environment for the benefit of everyone.

The gardens had an official, socially distanced opening on Saturday 4 July attended by residents, members of the housing team and councillors.

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