Green light for scheme’s garden project

Tenents and staff at St Christopher's House in Morpeth preparing to help develop their garden further after receiving some money for improvements.  GM017266

Tenents and staff at St Christopher's House in Morpeth preparing to help develop their garden further after receiving some money for improvements. GM017266

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RESIDENTS at a Morpeth sheltered housing scheme can dig in after an extensive gardening project received a funding boost.

St Christopher’s House in Kirkhill, run by Anchor, already enjoys beautiful grounds but over the years some sections have become more difficult to maintain.

A plan was put together by staff and the tenant gardening club to improve these areas and make them more accessible for all residents and visitors.

Once the plan was agreed and costs obtained, a tenant put together the formal application to apply for funds from the housing association’s legacy funding scheme.

And everyone at St Christopher’s was delighted when they heard that it was successful and about £4,000 would be allocated to the project.

Scheme manager David Sinyard said: “Legacy funding is an amount of money that has been bequeathed to Anchor over the years and is used to support projects that will be of significant benefit to tenants, not just in the short term but also over many years.

“Applications have to be carefully planned and the benefits have to be proven before the independent committee scrutinises the application and gives their decision, so we are all very thrilled that our bid was approved.”

Contractors will shortly commence the heavy clearance work and then the planting and other works will begin.

Tenant Brian Gall, a member of the gardening committee, said: “I am over the moon and we are all looking forward to getting on with this project.

“It will be beautiful when it’s finished and will mean that I will still be able to carry on gardening for a good few years yet, which is very important to me.”

The purpose-built properties at the scheme, which was opened in 1975, are available for rent to people over the age of 55.

The housing association provides a wide range of other facilities as well as a garden, including a communal lounge, a dining room, an outside seating area, an on-site laundry, a library, parking bays and a guest room for visitors.

Staff arrange a number of social activities and there is a 24-hour community alarm service.