The Environmental Improvement Group (EIG) is made up of our tenants, leaseholders and our staff who meet every month to discuss and vote on funding applications.
Malvern Close – Chiltern Rangers project
Recommendation: To improve the natural environment and biodiversity in the area by planting a variety of native bulbs and a native hedgerow on the border of the car park; install a retainer board on the edge of the car park to stop the soil falling onto the car park; and place some planters in the area for local residents to use for planting vegetables and herbs. We would invite local residents to join in the planting of bulbs, and building and painting bird boxes for the area. There would also be some artwork created to show local wildlife, and a wildflower area planted on a grass verge.
Kingsmead Road – Tree planting
Recommendation: To plant a wild cherry tree in memory of a neighbour who had passed away.
Shaftesbury Street – Planter improvement
Recommendation: To fill the empty planter with soil and plant with a combination of lavender, euonymus and hebes.
Purchase of benches
Recommendation: To purchase 15 benches to keep in stock to use on various applications.
Park Street – Improvements to the patio area
Recommendation: To replace old garden tables and chairs for sheltered tenants to sit in communal garden.
Blakes House – Refresh of shrub beds
Recommendation: To plant a mixture of lavender and rosemary in the dead shrub beds.
Nickson Court – Installation of benches
Recommendation: To replace the old broken benches in communal area for tenants to use.
Cost: £598 + benches Red Kite already had in stock
Laburnum Road – Development of rear garden
Recommendation: To install four benches and a variety of plants in plant beds for tenants to enjoy the communal garden.
Orchard House – Installation of a shed for tenants
Recommendation: To put in a new shed for tenants to store gardening tools for the communal garden.
Shotfield Road - Put in a bird beak fence
Recommendation: To install a small bird beak fence to stop vehicles parking on the verge and damaging the grass, and creating more room for emergency vehicles to pass through.
Elliot House - Planting activity
Recommendation: To plant two groups of three Sweet olives (Osmanthus suavis) in pots and an area of wildflowers to improve the appearance and support the environment in that area.
Cost: £504 (including 200m2 of wildflower seed to be used on other projects)
Five Acres - Chiltern Rangers Project
Recommendation: Partner with Chiltern Rangers on a planting project involving tenants to improve the ecology and overall environment.
Gilbert House - Planter improvement
Recommendation: To plant in the planters that run along the front of the building to improve the sight of the area and deter littering.
July - November 2021 decisions
Recommendation: Install a bow top fence, two benches, planters, and a flower bed.
Recommendation: A new shed to be installed as the old one had been broken.
Recommendation: Picnic benches and planters to improve the communal garden.
Recommendation: Install a row of Red Robin plants (Photinia × fraseri) along the side of the building to improve the view of the area and deter littering.
Melbourne Road Park
Recommendation: To cover half the cost of lighting to be installed to help deter antisocial behaviour.
Recommendation: Have a double-height curb installed to protect plants around the scheme from being driven over.
Redman Road Park
Recommendation: Adult gym equipment to be installed next to the park on the green.
Cost: £11,385 + surfacing the ground
Severn House, Hicks Farm Rise
Recommendation: Create an enclosed drying area next to the parking area for safety.
If you're interested in joining EIG, visit our web page for more information.
Want to apply for EIG funding?
Take a look at our EIG application page for more information and to download the application form.