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Housing association plants new trees to brighten up neighbourhood

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Ref: PRHSP015                                                                         Date: 7th March 2024

Housing association plants new trees to brighten up neighbourhood

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A local housing association and a Stafford Borough councillor have worked together to plant trees for the community in a North Staffordshire village to enjoy.

Homes Plus' Grounds Maintenance team braved the wintry weather to brighten up Adamsthwaite Drive, in Blythe Bridge, with two Sorbus aria trees.

It is hoped the new trees will help to improve the area and give the community something to enjoy. The trees were chosen for their white flowers and their fruit, which they retain all year.

Homes Plus has also worked with Fulford ward councillor, Alec Sandiford, to tidy up the garages and seating area in Adamsthwaite Drive.

Homes Plus' executive director of property, Andrew Kenny, said: "I am extremely pleased of the team for getting these trees in the ground.

"Community and sustainability are important to us at Homes Plus, so we're really happy to be able to make a positive difference like this to the local area."

It comes after residents had raised concerns to Cllr Sandiford, about several Cherry blossom trees being mysteriously felled there in the summer.

Cllr Sandiford said: "Since my election in May, I have been working with stakeholders across the community to improve it for everyone. It's been a pleasure to work with Andrew and everyone at Homes Plus in resolving issues, making improvements, and keeping it clean.

"Over the Summer, several much-loved Cherry blossom trees were mysteriously cut down leading to many residents sharing their concern on how disappointed they were in seeing the trees go.

"It is fantastic to see new trees being planted in the same location, where they will grow to blossom and continue to bring colour to the area.

"Residents in our community value wildlife, green spaces, and plant life. Working together with Homes Plus on this has been brilliant.

"I very much look forward to the continuing partnership with Andrew and everyone at Homes Plus in bettering the community and more projects are underway for the near future."

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Caption: From left to right, Executive Director of Property Andrew Kenny, Cllr Alec Sandiford, Grounds Maintenance Manager Arwel Jones and Group Facilities and Grounds Manager Andy Wimlett.

Background for editors

Homes Plus is a social landlord which owns more than 19,000 homes in Staffordshire and Shropshire. 

Registered as a Charitable Community Benefit Society, Homes Plus is a Housing Plus Group company. The Group is a leading provider of quality, affordable homes and care services that customers can trust. Member companies also include Care Plus, Property Plus and Severn Homes.

With a vision to be a resilient organisation, making a positive difference to homes, lives and communities, Housing Plus Group employs around 1,000 people in Staffordshire and Shropshire. The growing Group is addressing the housing crisis locally, by building new homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. It has committed to delivering affordable care and support for older people in their own homes and to creating new apprenticeship opportunities in the Group and its supply chain.

Housing Plus Group is inspired and guided by the values which are the foundations of its work: Communication, Learning, Accountable, Respectful, Inclusive, Trust and You.

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) requires that all registered providers confirm compliance with the Regulatory Framework, Governance and Financial Viability Standard. Housing Plus Group complies with this standard, holding the RSH highest rating for governance, G1 and V2 for viability. Please visit to find out more.

Further information  

Mara Hargreaves  
Head of marketing and communications   
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Clare Chick 
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Ruby Davies
Marketing and communications officer
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Martin Farrow 
CHANGEWORKS Communications 
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