New Rentplus cherry trees enhance Wellingborough Greatwell Homes space

Last week was Tree Care Week and Rentplus joined forces with local housing association, Greatwell Homes, to plant four cherry trees in Wellingborough. They were joined by children, parents and carers from the local Wellingborough Eco Group.

The new cherry trees are sited on a much used garage area onthe Queensway near Glamis Hall and will shortly blossom into pink and white blooms, providing a few weeks of colour, a season celebrated around the world.

Jo Savage, Chief Executive, at Greatwell Homes was joined by Executive Director, Chris Holloway and Board Member, Cheryl Armatrading. Jo said: “Many years ago, this space was overgrown and unmaintained. After we identified areas that needed some TLC, our Greatwell Places team spent the week cutting it back and turning it into a useful space whilst keeping the existing trees, much to the delight of the nearby customers who also helped with the project.

“It was so lovely to be able to add more life to a much-used area of the Queensway assisting with the Greatwell Homes’ mission of shaping places people are proud to call home.”

Steve Collins, Rentplus CEO added: “It is the Tree Council Tree’s Love Care week and Rentplus wants to plant trees on each of our developments: we weren’t able to add to the landscaping on sites in Kingsthorpe, Earls Barton, Daventry or Towcester Road, and so these four trees is a way of enhancing the environment in Northamptonshire.

Rentplus is an affordable rent to buy provider, who has been working with Greatwell Homes for over eight years.  Some of the customers who moved into Rentplus properties managed by Greatwell Homes with no deposit between 2017 and 2019 are now buying 100% of their home, helped by a 10% gifted sum from Rentplus to put towards their savings.  The rental income Greatwell Homes received has helped to reinvest in existing homes to make sure they remain up to date, well maintained and suitable for people’s needs.

Steve added: “Greatwell Homes were one of the first adopters of Rentplus and because of them, local people who could not save a deposit have the chance to become homeowners: we’re very proud of this partnership.”

The partners are working together to deliver more affordable rent to buy in Northampton and Daventry.

 

Photo (L) shows  Jo Savage on the left and Steve Collins (right) with the Greatwell Homes Estates Team.

Photo (R) shows (l-r)  Greatwell Homes CEO Jo Savage, Greatwell Board member Cheryl Armatrading, and Rentplus CEO Steve Collins

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