Sites which leave a positive and long-lasting legacy for their local community are making a great contribution to improving the image of the construction industry.
See the examples below for how one site achieved this:
- A Community Fruit Garden has been created on wasteland in a prominent location near the metro station.
- This initiative has contributed to the site’s carbon offsetting efforts while also building links with the local community.
- The design included large raised planters suitable for use by wheelchair users.
- After the construction of the garden, the site worked with a group called the Big Local who are helping with the maintenance of the garden.
- Agreement has also been reached and welcomed by the nearby allotment holders who now voluntarily maintain this facility providing an ongoing leisure and social activity opportunity.
- Selections of low-level fruit bearing bushes as well as semi-mature fruit trees have been planted and the public are encouraged to help themselves to the fruit providing a free and sustainable resource.
- On completion the project was given positive coverage by the local press.
- The local community appear to have adopted this area into their ownership. The area is now attractive, has not suffered from vandalism and is being well maintained
The fruit garden initiative not only demonstrates respect for the community but also reinforces the site’s commitment to protecting the environment.
Monitor report. Robertson Construction England. Tyne & Wear. September 2017.