Software specialist digs deep to give waste ground a new lease of life

L-R: Mike Bellamy (volunteer at NCHA), Dave Pearce (manager at NCHA), Jordan Box, (executive assistant and business administrator at S4RB), and Michelle de Celis (solution consultant at S4RB).

Nottingham software specialist Solutions for Retail Brands (S4RB) are preparing to roll up their sleeves to help transform an area of waste ground into an oasis for Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) residents to enjoy.

S4RB is taking over the site on All Saints Terrace in Radford, owned by the NCHA, in June as volunteers clear away debris, mend fences and cut back hedges and weeds.

The team will leave behind a ‘blank canvas’ for supported housing tenants to create their own garden, as well as providing building materials such as pallets for decking, compost, top soil and tools for up-cycling.

Mark Fowkes, director at S4RB, said the team was keen to give back to their community: “We’re really looking forward to taking what is currently an unusable piece of land and creating a welcoming outdoor area for residents, particularly with summer just around the corner. We would also like to thank local builders merchants John A Stephens for its kind donation of pallets, rubble bags and bags of pebbles; these will play a crucial role in the development of the space.

“Our charity of the year is Mind, so this feels like a fitting project to support that because gardens are known for helping with mental wellbeing. I think it will bring us closer as a team, while also broadening our collective knowledge of mental health issues. We would also like to hear from any other local businesses around Nottingham if they are keen to help support the NCHA with any materials.

“This is the first time we’ve taken on an initiative like this, but we’re hoping to be able to do something similar every year.”

Dave Pearce, manager at NCHA, added: “We pride ourselves on providing secure, independent living and this new space will allow our residents to learn new skills, get outdoors and enjoy the fulfillment of gardening and growing their own produce.

“I look forward to working with the team at S4RB to deliver a project that will enhance the wellbeing of some of Nottingham’s most vulnerable people.”