On the 12th and 13th of October, Hugh Herland House, a sheltered housing scheme in Kingston underwent a spectacular transformation by Axis Apprentices. The initiative, backed by a £2,000 investment from Travis Perkins, has transformed the communal outdoor space, benefitting its 60 residents and the broader community.
The project was proposed by Daniel Ferris, Senior Supervisor whilst carrying out works at the scheme. They met a resident who looks after the communal garden and cuts the bushes and grass but receives no further support from the council. The initiative aimed to assist the residents by clearing up and disposing of the garden debris building up in the area, creating some raised beds, and planting some flowers to brighten it up in preparation for the summer.
The project was overseen by David Leonard, our Apprentice Mentor with volunteer support from Daniel Ferris, Senior Supervisor, Adrian Ruddick, Contract Manager, Luke Comb, Gas Engineer, and Apprentices – Saki Sackey, Kojo Mensah, Vasu Balasubramanian, Michael Bohan, and Oliver Steen.
Despite the challenges posed by persistent British rain, the team of young apprentices displayed unwavering dedication in refurbishing the garden.
Describing the intensive work involved, David highlighted the team’s remarkable efforts. “The apprentices’ commitment was evident as they moved sleepers, constructing three planters to the resident’s specifications. Additionally, the team cleared the area of accumulated waste, including wood, garden and household waste, totalling approximately 500kg. We also fitted a new outside tap for watering the garden as the only way it was done before was by hose connected to a residents kitchen tap.”
Reflecting on the effort, Adrian shared, “The team of young apprentices worked very hard, and we hope it really benefits the community. The real benefits will not be fully noticed until springtime when we shall also be providing a voucher for the residents so they can purchase flowers and bulbs which I’m sure will look great as they grow.”
The uplifting response from the residents illuminated the impact of the project. They were over the moon and could not believe their luck and are grateful to Axis for the donation.
View captivating snapshots of the journey here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/150894466@N06/9ejo6x73Xu
Join us in revisiting the transformation process through our video: Hugh Herland House – Kingston (CSR) – YouTube