SARH celebrates success in Green Awards
A COMMUNITY allotment project led by Stafford and Rural Homes has triumphed in awards held to celebrate top green initiatives in Stafford Borough.
The Meadow Road Community Allotments, which were officially opened in April, won the Best Public Sector Award at Stafford Borough Council’s annual Green Awards.
The awards – now in their 17th year – celebrate the efforts of local businesses, schools and other community groups in helping the environment and contributing to a more sustainable borough.
“The allotments have been a real success in the community and a great example of how partnership working can bring real benefits for the environment and people living in the local area,” said Chris Plant, Head of Housing Management for SARH.
SARH has co-ordinated the Meadow Road Community Allotments in partnership with Stafford Borough Council’s ‘Family Grow’ programme which is encouraging more people to take up their own allotment plots.
The project saw an area of SARH land that had been unused for 30 years, turned into a mixture of community and family allotments, which celebrated its first harvest in September.
SARH also had further success in the awards as its garden projects at Broadmeadow Croft and Hall Close and a ‘Cooking for One’ class run through SARH’s Community Learning Programme in partnership with Stafford Borough Council were commended in the Community and Wellbeing category.
SARH’s recently completed new build development at Monks Walk in Gnosall and a project to fit solar PV panels at SARH’s head office were also commended in the Business and Commercial category.
“As an organisation we’re doing a lot to contribute towards the wider green agenda and I’m absolutely delighted that so many of our initiatives have gained recognition in the awards. All of the staff involved should feel very proud,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes.