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Community comes together for bulb planting

Children in a Winsford neighbourhood have proved that you are never too young to start making a difference in your community.

Youngsters living at Grampian Way have decided to brighten up their community by planting flower bulbs in readiness for the Spring.

They were supported  by staff from Weaver Vale Housing Trust, who supplied the bulbs and gave the green-fingered residents a helping hand.

The idea came from local residents who are passionate about making a difference in their community.

Felicia Woodhouse’s daughter Matilda was one of the youngsters who got stuck in.

Felicia said: “Our block is a close-knit community. We look after each other and our neighbourhood. If anyone needs a hand with anything the first people to give that help is usually one of our neighbours.

“Some of the ladies litter pick every week, the same women overhauled one family’s garden that needed help, last year we celebrated American Thanksgiving together to honour my culture and try proper pumpkin pie.  This year we had a street party complete with bouncy castle.

“There’s less for the kids to do outside in the cold months and it’s important to teach them to take pride in where they live. Besides teaching them how to plant - which is also a mindfulness activity and good for mental health, our children will learn patience waiting for their bulbs to grow, they will get satisfaction and pride knowing that they brought colour and beauty to where we live come Springtime.

“As a community, we are really grateful to Weaver Vale Housing Trust for donating the bulbs and giving their time. Not only for this project, but for supporting us as individuals when we’ve needed a little extra help.

“Flower bulbs are kind of the perfect metaphor, the Trust has given us a home, some place to put down roots. With their help and support along the way we are blooming. Together as a block we are a lovely, diverse garden.”

Alison Haigh, Customer Engagement Officer with Weaver Vale Housing Trust said:

“It’s always great to come across people who are really passionate about where they live.

“We are always happy to support our customers who are keen to make a difference. There’s a real sense of community here at Grampian Way and it was fantastic to see some of our younger residents getting involved as well. If any other neighbourhoods would like to do something similar, we would live to help.”

If you would like to do something similar in your community, get in touch with Weaver Vale Housing Trust on get.involved@wvht.co.uk

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