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Estate Rangers create oasis of calm for residents

News story publish on 29 October 2018

Our Estate Rangers team have been involved in a fantastic project at the Acres sheltered scheme in Barnack which really shows our vision of building great neighbourhoods that people love living in. The project has seen the team’s hard work transform a neglected piece of land into a peaceful little oasis for residents.

Here's the before shot of the space:


Before    Before

The area was overgrown with tree roots, brambles, weeds and branches. The work began with a lot of elbow grease to clear the area.

Clearing the scrub   

The overgrown trees were cut back to make a shady canopy for the seating area:  

Cutting back the trees  

The big clearance continued, the team worked to ensure that the area was cleared ready for a bench and seating.

Creating the seating area

A pathway was cut through the bushes. The ground was cleared of fly-tipping, roots rotting leaves and other debris to reveal a hard standing area suitable for a bench. It was a great opportunity for is to put to good use that things that we collect that have been fly-tipped - you really would be amazed at the fantastic stuff that just gets dumped! 

The team with the bench

Already - the transformation of the area can be seen. Here, the team are laying slabs to make a pathway to the seat. The slabs were another great find from the fly-tipped collections

Laying the slabs


The results

After four afternoons and lots of hard work, the area was transformed! Huge thanks to all the Rangers who worked so hard: James, Barry, Abbie, Daniel, Barbara, Thomas, Pitshou, Darren and Nicole. Despite the hard work everyone agreed the end result was worth it, and it is great for team morale to all be working together on one big project.

And here it is... a shady seating area for our residents to use and all from re-claimed materials adding our commitment as a team to the CKH environmental commitment. This will be a wonderful little oasis of calm, for residents to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. Winter flowering bulbs will be planted to add colour and a bug house will be placed in the area which will hopefully be a talking point whilst being good for the environment.

The end result