2 new sites in Waltham Abbey recently become part of the community growing project.
Residents and staff from Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) and Qualis Management worked in the hot weather on Wednesday 8 September to help brighten up Paradise Road and Greenyard in Waltham Abbey.
The Estate and Land team, and Community, Culture & Wellbeing team from EFDC have been working along side residents, across parts of the district, to help enhance various areas with plants and flowers and bring communities together through a love of gardening.
Community Engagement Officer, Victoria Robertson brought her wealth of gardening knowledge to help residents plant and care for the chrysanthemums, lemon thyme, and pansies used.
Staff from Qualis Management were on hand to give an invaluable helping hand by assisting with moving some of the very heavy materials.
This is the 5th site to be part of the community growing project over the last year. New and colourful planters were installed in Shelley in Ongar and 2 sensory gardens have been made in Ninefields in Waltham Abbey. As well as brightening up each area, these new planters encourage insects and wildlife to visit and pollinate the flowers.
Our gardens look a picture
Click on the photo to see it in full.
Residents have been thrilled with the results to the growing project.
One resident from Paradise Road said:
The Estate and Land Team and Community Health & Wellbeing Team came and surprised us with some beautiful plants which have made our gardens look a picture.
Another resident from Paradise Road said:
The Council has done a wonderful job with the display at the front of my flat and the flowers are beautiful.
Chairman of EFDC and Ward Councillor for Waltham Abbey South West, Helen Kane said:
Epping Forest District Council staff and the residents have made a big difference on the appearance of these roads.
From the moment we started discussing the enhancement of this area, I knew something extraordinary would happen. My personal thanks to all who participated in giving the residents the enjoyment of such beautiful display.
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