Hartlepool community brought together after gardens given a new look

Russell Thompson, Thirteen Group Director of Property Services, Claire Atkinson, Thirteen Project Officer with Iona McCutcheon, Liz Allen and Michele MacCallam of Groundwork North East & Cumbria.
Russell Thompson, Thirteen Group Director of Property Services, Claire Atkinson, Thirteen Project Officer with Iona McCutcheon, Liz Allen and Michele MacCallam of Groundwork North East & Cumbria.

Hartlepool residents have been brought together to enjoy a new garden area thanks to a community investment.

Tees Valley Housing has made a substantial investment into the Hartlepool community with the redesign of Oval Grange’s outside space.

Thanks to their partnership with Groundwork North East and Cumbria and Brambledown, residents living on the street are enjoying a new garden area, featuring a terrace with seating and sculptures, a rose walk, orchard and wildlife garden.

The partnership, which aims to enhance the local environment, has seen Thirteen work alongside experienced architects, contractors and artist Graeme Hopper, to design and construct the new outdoor area.

Russell Thompson, group director of property services at Thirteen Group, said: “Thirteen Group continually strives to make all its properties and surrounding areas as welcoming and enjoyable as possible for residents.

“A well-maintained and attractive outside space aims to bring the community together by giving them somewhere they will want to socialise.

“Our developments are more than just about housing, we believe in enhancing the lives of all of our residents, which the new gardens at Oval Grange will help to achieve.”

The new communal gardens were officially opened with an event for Oval Gardens’ residents, Thirteen staff, partner organisations and Hartlepool Borough Council members.

Michele MacCallam, principal landscape architect for Groundwork North East & Cumbria, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to work with, and have the support of, like-minded organisations, such as Tees Valley Housing, part of the Thirteen Housing Group.

“It’s important that everyone, but especially those living in an urban setting, is able to enjoy green spaces, which have been proven to have a relaxing and therapeutic effect.

“It’s also crucial that we provide such spaces within towns and cities for wildlife to thrive.

“The team has worked hard on this project and I know a lot of thought and care has gone into the finished garden, which looks absolutely fantastic and I’m sure the residents and their visitors will love it.”