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    The Landscape Group sponsors Community Awards

    The Landscape Group sponsors Trent and Dove Housing’s Impact on the Community Awards

    Trent and Dove Housing’s seventh annual ‘Impact on the Community’ Awards took place on 9 November at the Branston Golf and Country Club.  Throughout the evening, thirteen awards were handed out at the ceremony, celebrating those who have made a significant difference in the community through individual actions or by being part of an organisation.

    Winners included:

    • Best Community Project – Wishes for Winshill, a group which organises trips and activities for residents and runs its own café.
    • Impact on Younger People (organisation) Award – Winshill Parish FC, which was set up in memory of a local football coach to support children’s and cancer charities.
    • Special Recognition Award – Grow It and Eat It, a joint venture between Trent and Dove and Winshill Parish Council which provides the community with raised beds to grow their own vegetables.
    • Best Environmental Project – The Kingfisher Project, which transformed canalside land in Horninglow.
    • Contribution to Community Cohesion Award – Albion 2 Engage, a Burton Albion Community trust project which delivers workshops for young people.
    • Safer Communities Award – Waterside Neighbourhood Forum, based in Stapenhill, the group tackles issues such as anti-social behaviour and littering.
    • Impact on Older People Award – The Floating Support Service, which supports over-55s.
    • Overall Impact on the Community (organisation) Award – SCALE (Sound Creation Advanced Learning and Education) which uses music to help people with profound learning difficulties.

    The awards also recognised individuals who have made a difference and this year’s winners included George Swain, a pupil at Fountains High School in Stretton and Kingfisher Project volunteer, John Kirkby, who supports people with learning difficulties and Mary Dodgson, who opened a drop-in centre for young people in Uttoxeter. Aaron Stringer, chairman of the Community Garden Care Project, which helps Trent & Dove tenants unable to look after their own gardens, was named tenant of the year.

    Trent and Dove Housing’s Chief Executive Ron Dougan said:

    “Local residents do some amazing work to help create vibrant communities and make their neighbourhoods great places to live.

    “The awards are a way that we can say ‘thank you’ to those who give up their time and efforts to work with Trent and Dove.

    “I know that the judging panel had a really hard job in picking the winners for each category as the standard of nominations this year has been exceptionally high.

    “Thank you to all our partners who sponsored this fantastic event. Without their generosity and the hard work of our staff team who organised the event, it would not have been possible.”

    The Landscape Group carries out grounds maintenance works on behalf of Trent and Dove Housing so was pleased to be able to support these worthwhile awards.  Matt Dovydaitis, Contract Supervisor for The Landscape Group attended the awards with his wife Rachel and presented a Special Recognition award to Keith Lemare who has been a key part of The Kingfisher Project.

    Matt commented:

    “We were very pleased to be able to attend the awards and show our support to all of the fantastic organisations and individuals that make such a difference in the area.  I was honoured to be asked to present an award on behalf of The Landscape Group and would like to congratulate all of the winners once again for dedicating so much time to improving the lives of others and the local environment.”

    The multi award-winning Kingfisher Project started seven years ago after Trent and Dove invited tenants to form a workshop and identify a number of priority projects they would like to undertake in their area. The first project on the list was clearance of a drainage ditch and canal banks. The Landscape Group was invited to commence clearance of one bank behind the flats in Masefield Crescent, in readiness for replacement of fencing. The clearance not only enabled the new fencing to be installed, it also opened the previously inaccessible bank to the residents. This new access enabled residents to continue maintaining the banks which turned out to be instrumental in encouraging kingfishers back into the environment and the work has been carried on ever since.

    Graham Masters, Contract Manager at The Landscape Group who worked in the area at the time commented: “In addition to the original clearance works we were also invited to renovate the rear gardens at Masefield Crescent flats, stripping old turf and vegetation, installing new internal fencing and laying new turf. During this work, we got to know the resident group leaders very well, and had the pleasure of being invited to the opening ceremony for a Residents’ Garden, designed and constructed by the residents themselves.  Keith Lemare and Dawn Maddin [Resident Involvement Officer at Trent and Dove Housing] were instrumental in bringing the project together and ensuring its success. We thoroughly enjoyed our involvement in the project and made some good friends in the process.”

    Read more about The Kingfisher Project at www.kingfisherproject.co.uk




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