Southern Housing Group partners with Southwark Council at Warner Road
Southern Housing Group has worked in partnership with Southwark Council to deliver a community garden project at one of its oldest estates in London, Warner Road in Camberwell.
Southwark Council contributed £35,000 towards the garden through its ‘Cleaner, Greener, Safer’ fund and Southern Housing Group added to this with more than £15,000 of its own funding.
The Group last week held a resident event to launch the garden, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the estate.
Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE, Mayor of Southwark, attended the event as along with the Pearly King of Camberwell, Jimmy Jukes, who is the founder of the Homes For Heroes charity, which helps ex-servicemen find housing.
Stephen Ross, Asset Management Director at Southern Housing Group said, “We’re so pleased to have worked with Southwark Council to complete the centenary garden project at Warner Road.”
“We’ve improved the garden and playground facilities not only to encourage healthier lifestyles, but also to provide a fun and welcoming area for residents of all ages to meet and get to know their neighbours.”
“I’d also like to thank the residents who have been involved throughout the project, helping to shape what the new facilities offer and look like, particularly providing historic images for the feature wall of the garden.”
“This year marks 100 years since the estate was built and we’re proud to keep the legacy of our founder, Samuel Lewis, alive.”
Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle said, “I’m so pleased we were able to contribute to this wonderful garden that marks the 100th birthday of the Warner Road estate in such a delightful way.
“I want to congratulate Bob Parker, Chair of the Tenant and Residents Association (TRA) and all the tenants that worked hard for their vision of a welcoming community space on the estate, securing the funding from Southwark Council and Southern Housing Group that has made the project such a success.
“The opening event was a fantastic opportunity to see all the great work completed and meet some of the fantastic residents who are looking forward to using the garden this summer.”
The centenary garden comprises of new plants, picnic tables, raised flower beds, new seating and a photo wall showing historic photographs of the local Camberwell area. The playground area was also improved with a new swing and the community hall also received a revamp with an improved ramp with handrails leading from the garden to the entrance of the hall.