Housing association’s gardeners’ green shoots

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Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has forked out to launch its own grounds maintenance team.

Historically ACHA has contracted work out, but this has now been brought in house under the new scheme.

The association has extensive areas of land throughout Argyll and Bute, located around and neighbouring its 5,100 properties.

One of  ACHA’s strategic objectives is to maintain and improve the neighbourhoods in which its tenants live.

For six months of the year the primary focus will be on grass cutting and plant maintenance during the growing season.

The remaining six months of the year will see a focus on neighbourhood improvement involving a series of projects to modernise public areas in ACHA estates.

Commenting at the launch of the new team, ACHA’s  chief executive Alastair MacGregor said: ‘Feedback from recent conferences indicate the association’s tenants want to see a priority given to estate improvement and neighbourhood management.

‘Bringing the service in-house will afford us a greater opportunity to do that through a number of planned initiatives to go along with routine grounds maintenance.’

In addition to the annual grounds maintenance budget of £363,000 there will be a specific five-year programme of £300,000 per annum for five years to support environmental projects.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive joins Alistair Cakebread, senior grounds maintenance officer, Phil Burn and the managing director of AHFA and the new grounds maintenance team at the project launch. NO_c13acha01