Plus Dane creates new communal garden for Joseph Groome Towers


Plus Dane has been working with residents living in Ellesmere Port’s Joseph Groome Towers to create a new communal garden.

The project was launched following feedback from residents that they would benefit from having their own space to enable them to socialise with each other and enjoy the outdoors.

Plus Dane staff set to work to make it happen, raising £12,000 with the help of residents, and identified a green area that could be redeveloped into a practical outside space. Landscape architects Groundwork designed the layout of the new garden area, with opportunities for residents to get involved by installing raised beds to grow vegetables and take part in ongoing planting work.

To mark the completion of the project, an open day was held on 27th June to give residents the chance to get to know their new surroundings and explore what they had to offer. The open day included a charity abseil from block 2 of Joseph Groome Towers in aid of the Salvation Army, a storytime session for children, and the official opening of the garden by residents from each block, as well as planting activities.

Peter Shaw, Plus Dane Director Ellesmere Port and Neston, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with residents living in Joseph Groome Towers to respond to their feedback and deliver a vibrant new open space for everyone to enjoy. Projects like this make a real difference in supporting wellbeing and providing opportunities for residents to get involved and it’s great to see everyone working together to make the project such a success.”

Plus Dane provides housing management services for 5,800 homes in Ellesmere Port and Neston on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council.