Residents in Cricklewood have benefited from a major volunteering project to transform a community garden as part of Brent Council’s investment in housing maintenance across the borough in partnership with Wates Living Space.
Led by the council’s housing maintenance provider, Wates Living Space, the community project saw the team breathe new life into an overgrown outdoor area behind Watling Gardens to create a sensory garden for residents living with dementia.
The Wates Living Space team was joined by its supply chain partners, Travis Perkins, Powerday and A-Plant, who worked together to clear and tidy garden plants, lay new paving and repaint seating.
Supported by a £4,500 donation from Wates Living Space, the new garden includes flowers donated by the Chelsea Flower Show and provides a calm recreational space for residents living with dementia to help overcome isolation and loneliness.
The volunteering initiative forms part of Wates Living Space work across Brent, which includes the council’s ten-year housing management programme to improve its social housing. This comprises the repair and refurbishment of roofing, new windows and doors, and interior decoration.
“I am so proud of what we’ve achieved in Brent. The nature of our work means that we’re in close contact with residents; we see the difference we make to their lives and that makes our job truly special.
Thanks to the team and our supply chain we have created a stunning spot for people to come and reflect, a place where neighbours can meet up and enjoy time together. It’s fantastic and I very much look forward to the next opportunity to make such a difference.
Paul Brennan, Site Manager, Wates Living Space
“Thank you to Wates for supporting the dementia garden project. This is a great example of what can happen when the community comes together to improve the local area. The garden is a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.”
Councillor Arshad Mahmood, Mayor of Brent