15 December 2015

Streets Ahead employees used their work community day to help Sheffield’s Regather Charity to clean up a local green space and to plant new trees.

The team took a day away from their usual duties to help out with work to improve the grassland area on Club Garden Road, including shrub removal and litter picking. They also planted three new apple trees on nearby Hobart Street and Salmon Street for the community to enjoy, which were donated by Streets Ahead.

Dorothy Benson, who has lived on Hobart Street since 1953, also helped the team plant one of the new trees and said that she was sure the community would make use of the apples that would soon grow.

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “It is great to see the Streets Ahead team working so closely with local charity and the community to create this magnificent garden and focal area for all members of the community to enjoy.

“We are proud of our green heritage and our outdoor city status. We already have over 2 million trees in the city; this year alone we have planted another 50,000 new trees.”

Gareth Roberts from Regather Charity said: “We’d like to thank everyone involved with Streets Ahead, who have made a fantastic job of helping to improve the Club Garden community greenspace. Their support has been a huge help to volunteers from across the local community, and will help ensure that a new generation develops a strong sense of the value of trees and their importance to wildlife, biodiversity and people. We will strive to ensure that these trees survive and thrive in The Club Garden community green space so that future generations can continue to benefit from our actions.” commented Gareth Roberts, Regather Charity.

Millie Guthrie, Streets Ahead’s Community Liaison Officer, added: “We’ve worked with Regather Charity on a number of occasions in the past, helping to plant trees with them and also to provide them with an edible garden. When the Regather Charity was looking for help with their garden area and to provide fruit trees for the community, we were keen to be involved.

“The team worked extremely hard on the day to ensure that the garden was looking its best.”

A community celebration also took place with the help of the Real Junk Food Project, so that everyone could see the changes that have been made.

Anna Benson of Salmon Street, where one of the new apple trees has been planted, said:” I am very excited about the new trees! I cannot wait for them to blossom and fruit next year.”

All Streets Ahead employees are encouraged to take part in community volunteer days, working on projects that help charities and not-for-profit organisations on projects involving education, employment and the environment.