An area of the Balby Bridge estate in Doncaster town centre has been transformed from urban jungle to a woodland view thanks to an idea from their Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TARA).
Members of Balby Bridge TARA worked with area officers from St Leger Homes – the organisation which manages 21,000 properties on behalf of Doncaster Council – to create a mural inspired by nature.
Sue O’Connell, chair of the TARA, said: “TARA members meet at the Boughen Centre on Shotton Walk. There was a bare wall near the community centre which was perfect for a mural, and we wanted to bring a bit of the countryside into the estate. We came up with the idea for a woodland picture, and we are going to complete it by planting a wildflower meadow on the area of land in front of the wall.”
The painting was carried out by local airbrush artist Mick Coning with funding from St Leger Homes.
In a second project inspired by the TARA, St Leger Homes has arranged for ‘You are here’ signs with simple plans of the flats to be placed along St James Street. These were requested because emergency service vehicles and visitors to the area often find it difficult to find the different blocks.
Coun Glyn Jones, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing, said: “Every community within Doncaster has its own character and it’s great to see residents working together to create something really special to improve their environment.”
Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, added: “We are always delighted to support community-led projects to improve the areas where we manage properties. This project is an excellent example of how people who live in an area can make really positive changes.”