On Wednesday 26 October guests gathered at Bircherley Court in Hertford for a celebration event to thank the Green Team volunteers for transforming one of Network Homes’ communal gardens.
The Green Team members have used their new horticulture, health and safety and construction skills to create a place for residents to enjoy at our Temple Fields site. The team have installed a new paved seating area with a pergola to offer shade, and constructed a shed, complete with bike racks to provide a shared storage area. They have also created a new wildlife area to make the garden a haven for pollinating insects, complete with a bird table for residents to watch nature’s visitors.
The team was formed as part of a 14 week landscape training programme run by community charity Groundwork Hertfordshire with funding from Network Homes. It gives young people the opportunity to gain practical skills and qualifications which help them with employment.
Jackie Trundell, Head of Neighbourhood Services for Network Homes, and guests present at the event thanked the Green Team members for their hard work before presenting them with a certificate for completing the programme. They will also receive City & Guilds qualifications in Practical Horticulture and Employability Skills.
Jackie Trundell, Head of Neighbourhood Services for Network Homes, said: “This is our fifth Green Team programme in partnership with Groundwork Hertfordshire and it goes from strength to strength. It is always so rewarding to be part of something which gives genuine opportunities for young people to develop new skills. The volunteers get so much out of taking part in the programme. Their hard work and commitment has transformed a Network Homes community space which will be enjoyed by residents for years to come.”
Matt Sutcliffe, Groundwork’s Employment Project Tutor, said: “The team have used their new and established skills to create a place for all the residents to enjoy; there is something for everyone due to the variety of work that has been completed. They have made a huge difference to the area in just 14 weeks. Congratulations Green Team!”