Brambledown appointed Contractor after Lottery Grant Approved

Residents at a Leeds housing estate are getting green-fingered after winning a major grant to transform and improve their communal area.
The lottery grant of £46,500, which has been awarded to the Elmete Mount estate in Roundhay, comes just months after resident Yvonne Krzyworacka won an award for her efforts to spruce up the gardens.
Improvements will include stone boulders and a terrace to provide seating; metal wildlife-inspired sculptures, stone works designed by residents and wetland planting areas.
A ball wall and three climbing trunks will also be installed to encourage residents to get active and improve fitness.
Elmete Residents Association applied for the grant because the communal area was underused and they wanted to transform it into a "safe, natural and engaging space".
The group's secretary, Betsy Saidani, said: "Our vision is for a recreational area where children from the community can gather to play and socialise.
"We're looking forward to working with our partners and taking a hands-on approach to building this exciting space."
The funding has been provided by the Big Lottery Community Spaces programme, which is managed by Groundwork UK and helps community groups in England create or improve green, open spaces.
In partnership with Groundwork Leeds and the Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA), the residents have appointed Brambledown as their contractor and work will begin on the land shortly.
Lisa Pickard, LYHA's chief executive, said: "It's great to see residents taking the lead to make exciting projects like this one actually happen.
"I'm sure the new communal space will really add value to Elmete's community and its residents. We are very much looking forward to continuing to support this project."
As reported in the YEP last year, teaching assistant Yvonne Krzyworacka was named LYHA's ‘Golden Gardener' for 2011 for her work to transform Elmete Mount's gardens.
Yvonne took the lead in making what was previously an uninspiring strip of grass at the front of the properties into a colourful space filled with plants, trees and shrubs.


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