This October marked the start up of an impressive scheme to smarten up the overgrown front gardens in Jesmond’s terraces. Most of the flats here are rented - many to students and other short term tenants.
After preparation for over a year, the Jesmond Residents’ Association (JRA) has teamed up with The Skill Mill (a local social enterprise) to offer a low cost programme to makeover many of the shockingly messy gardens which give an air of neglect to otherwise attractive terraces.
Recognising that a common concern of residents is the bad state of gardens in rented properties, the JRA searched for a suitable organisation which would offer a contract to landlords to improve and then maintain their garden at a flat rate they could afford. The Skill Mill fitted the bill as an organisation which delivers low cost environmental solutions and delivers a tangible social outcome.