A group of staff members from Watford Community Housing spent the morning volunteering in Abbots Langley, with the aim of promoting biodiversity and tidying the area .
On Thursday, September 14, groups worked on communal areas and tenants’ gardens, helping to keep them tidy and well-maintained by weeding, planting, clearing moss and cutting back hedges.
Work was carried out at eight gardens belonging to Watford Community Housing tenants across Abbots Langley.
One resident said: “It’s challenging maintaining such a big garden on my own while I’m working full-time with three young children, so I really appreciate the help. After this, I’m looking forward to getting on top of it and being able to manage it myself!”
Another team put together bird boxes and made up wildflower seed packets and planters, which were then given away to local residents at Abbots Autumn Fest on Saturday September 16. Another team went door-to-door speaking to residents about Watford Community Housing’s commitment to biodiversity and telling them how to claim their free gifts at the community festival that following weekend.
At Abbots Autumn Fest, sponsored by Watford Community Housing, around 130 bird boxes were given away for free to Watford Community Housing tenants, as well as the wildflower seeds and bulbs to the local community.
Helen Town, Watford Community Housing’s group director of property and partnerships, said: “By giving Abbots Langley residents bird boxes and wildflower seeds, it allows them to create their own flourishing habitats for wildlife and improve the biodiversity of their neighbourhood through their own gardens.
“Together with our partners, we made a massive difference for the local community in just a few short hours.”