Cheltenham Borough Homes brightens neighbourhoods with new trees

Published on 23rd February 2011

planting a sapling

Neighbourhoods managed by Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) are enjoying a fresh new look this Spring after the addition of ten new trees of various species planted in communal areas across the borough.

The tree planting scheme is part of CBH 's work to maintain and improve the communal areas around the properties they manage. In some cases trees in bad condition may have to be felled or tenants can request the removal of trees that become too big, restrict light or cause damage to properties. In response to this CBH is dedicating part of its maintenance budget towards the purchase and planting of replacement trees.

Sara Bennett, head of neighbourhood services at CBH said:

"Our estate services team works hard to maintain and improve our neighbourhoods. In some cases we have no choice but to remove trees and we feel it is important to replace what is lost. Planting new trees makes a real difference to the appearance and feel of an area as trees provide shade, can cut the effects of urban heat, absorb traffic noise and make neighbourhoods happier, healthier and more attractive places to live."

To date, ten new trees of various species including field maple, hornbeam, midland hawthorn and birch have been planted at locations across the borough:

  • Four at Lynworth Place in Whaddon
  • Four at Unwind Road in Hatherly
  • One at Bayliss House in Welch Road in Springbank
  • One at Hester's Way Road in Springbank.

Notes for editors

Cheltenham Borough Homes:

  • CBH is one of the top rated ALMOs in the country, assessed as providing 'excellent services with excellent prospects for the future' by the Audit Commission.  
  • Currently CBH manage and maintain around 5,000 tenant and leasehold properties with an overall satisfaction level of 85%, placing them in the top ten ALMOs nationally. 
  • The organisation's approach to community development and participation; governance and equality and diversity has been recognised as good practice nationally. A new ten year management agreement, which will run until 31st March 2020 , was recently finalised.
  • CBH continue to develop excellent services by working closely with customers.  It will include building new homes and continuing to regenerate communities whilst tackling issues of worklessness and addressing social enterprise.

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