Street party celebrates garden refurbishment project

St Augustine's Road, Bedford, street party.

St Augustine's Road, Bedford, street party.

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Residents in a Bedford street got together for a special street party at the weekend.

A partnership between bpha, St Augustine‟‘s Road Residents Association (SARA), Costa and Bedford Borough Council, has given local residents cause to put up the bunting and celebrate, with traditional food and music provided by the local Afghan community.

Both bpha and private residents held a free street party on Sunday, September 21 to mark the completion of bpha’s Front Garden Refurbishment Project. The aim of the project was to refurbish the front gardens outside bpha flats on the street, which were previously unsightly concreted areas. The transformation including attractive raised flower beds and colourful hanging baskets, has greatly improved the appearance of the street. bpha are delighted to have gained the support of SARA, winners of the Pride in Bedford Awards 2011, to maintain any future planting, and have put them forward for nomination at this year‟s awards in the Friendly Neighbour‟ category.

Linda Whitfield, community officer at bpha, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to bring people from the area together and encourage a sense of community, and pride in where they live. The project has been a great success, and we hope the beautiful flower beds will be enjoyed by everyone living in the local area.”

Howard Darbon, chairman of SARA, added: “This project has demonstrated the great value of strong

partnerships. I am very grateful to both members of the SARA committee, and individuals from our partner organisations who have worked together so tirelessly to create a community environment that is the envy of many others. Following the success of this project, we will be tackling other initiatives to make even more improvements, and to encourage our residents to further develop the pride they have in the road.”