Today marks the launch of a new initiative, designed to help our customers improve their communities one seed at a time.
Gardening Neighbours will award customers up to £500 towards the cost of gardening projects that benefit their local communities.
This could include cultivating plants or flowers in disused areas, teaching children to grow their own food, or growing fruit and vegetables for others to enjoy.
The project will pilot for one year, and from today we’ll be distributing posters and leaflets and talking to customers to spread the word.
Awards are tiered according to how many people are involved in each project – from £50 for an individual idea, up to £500 for groups of five people or more.
We’ll be following the progress of each project through before and after pictures and promoting the efforts of our customers to show how they can play a key role in supporting their local communities.
Grants Officer for Southern Housing Group, Hannah Martin, who’s overseeing the new grants scheme, said: “A significant number of our customers are interested in gardening, and it’s great to be able to help them improve their communities and schemes in this way. Green spaces, however small, can go a long way to improving the look and feel of a community, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of this.”