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Tree-mendous deal for tenants

Members of the GreenTeam help plant a tree for a tenant

Community Gateway, Preston’s largest social housing association, has been out and about planting trees for local residents. As part of National Tree Week and its ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, Community Gateway planted 100 trees for tenants and will continue to maintain them completely free of charge.

One person who took advantage of the offer was Kathleen Loftus from Westfield Drive, Brookfield. Having lived in the same house since 1967, Kathleen clearly understands the importance of creating a pleasant community for herself and her neighbours. She was therefore very happy to receive a beautiful ‘Sugarplum’ blossom tree from Community Gateway. Kathleen said, “I thought the offer of a free tree was a nice gesture. I can’t do as much as before, so it’s good to be able to enjoy the tree without having to plant and look after it, which I am no longer able to do.”

Rob Wakefield, CEO at Community Gateway, was on hand to present the tree to Kathleen, as well as a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her long tenancy and strong relationship with the housing association. Rob said, “It’s amazing to think that Kathleen has lived in her home for over fifty years, and I am pleased that our GreenCare Team have been supporting her in maintaining her garden for about ten years now. We are both pleased and proud to be able to plant this tree for Kathleen, and I hope it brings her much happiness.

Did you know? A tree disease called ash dieback is expected to severely affect or kill over 90% of the 80 million Ash trees in the U.K.

If you are interested in helping replenish the tree stock in our communities by planting a small tree in your Community Gateway garden, call them on 0800 953 0213 or  01772 268324, and their Greencare Team will take care of the rest.