Huge community effort turns ‘jungle’ into communal garden for elderly residents in Elmswell

Lesley Mayes (chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council)  unveiled new look garden area for tenants in Manns Court
Lesley Mayes (chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council) unveiled new look garden area for tenants in Manns Court

A communual garden at Manns Court sheltered housing scheme in Elmswell has been transformed from a ‘jungle’ into an area residents can enjoy, thanks to a ‘huge community effort’.

Mid Suffolk District Cllr Marilyn Curran, portfolio holder for housing and environmental health said contractors donated materials and built a parking area.

She said: “Before the work was carried out the garden can only be described as a jungle, with nowhere for tenants to sit and enormous weeds ruining any chance of a decent view.

“Thanks to a huge community effort there is now a space that meets the practical needs of residents in terms of parking and access and also provides an attractive outlook.

“This has not cost a penny in terms of materials or building work, as all labour, materials and plants have been donated by various contractors the council uses to maintain its housing stock.”

Manns Court provides homes for up to 30 residents aged 60 and over. Many of them are disabled and have carers or family members who visit daily to look after them.

Council chairman Lesley Mayes opened the garden area on Thursday (29).