International visitors help to tidy gardens in Stafford
LOCAL volunteers – and some special visitors from further afield – came together to help spruce up gardens in Stafford.
Stafford and Rural Homes joined with the Crash team from Rising Brook Community Church to tackle two overgrown gardens in Highfields and Burton Manor.
They were helped by several volunteers from Alabama in the USA who were visiting the church for the week, who offered to roll up their sleeves and get involved.
SARH Neighbourhood Services Officer Emma Bailey and Estate Caretaker Steve Crow helped Rising Brook Community Church to organise the project, working with a group of 10 from the Crash team and their international visitors.
They spent a day clearing weeds and debris and cutting back hedges to strip the gardens back to a level where they can be easily maintained once again.
Emma said: “These two gardens were a concern to neighbours and needed to be addressed.
“The tenants have experienced physical and emotional issues which prevent them from maintaining them properly and the gardens had become so overgrown they were unmanageable.
“They and their neighbours are really pleased with the results and we hope it will now allow them to keep on top of the maintenance much better and take pride in their gardens.”
Emma added: “We are very grateful to the Crash team and their American visitors for all their hard work. Now the gardens are cleared the tenants are freed up to apply for smaller, more manageable homes.”