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New garden haven for domestic violence refuge

Mears teams up with client to build new patio and garden area for the Haven Women's Refuge.Leading social housing repairs and maintenance specialist Mears Ltd and their client Midland Heart have worked together to create a new communal garden area for a domestic violence refuge in Wolverhampton.Mears and Midland Heart cleared rubbish from the area and built a brand new patio at the Haven Women's and Children's Domestic Violence Refuge. Residents are now able to use the patio area for barbequing and socialising, and an area of land has been set aside for growing fresh flowers and vegetables.Chris Thacker, Branch Manager for Mears Wolverhampton, said: "This was a great project because it is encouraging the community as a whole to think more about growing plants and vegetables, littering less and generally treating the area in a more sustainable and conscientious fashion."In total it took 120 hours of labour to completely revamp the Haven's patio area from start to finish, with manual work mainly completed by Mears operatives, but helped by staff from Midland Heart and from the residents themselves. Mears' supplier, Travis Perkins, donated building materials to help with the construction, while Mears donated all of the patio slabs from their own stocks that otherwise would have gone to waste."This was a fantastic project, not only because it was environmentally friendly, but also because it is creating a social hub for the residents," said Maggie Dorset, member of Midland Heart Customer Maintenance Review Group who was actively involved in the project. "Residents can come here to barbeque, socialise, the children can tend to the garden - and because this little area is so special, the residents want to maintain and protect it, so it encourages a more ecological outlook throughout the community."


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