Birmingham Civic Housing Association
Birmingham Civic Housing Association is an independent charitable registered provider of affordable general needs housing.
About Birmingham Civic Housing Association
Homes We ManageWe own and manage 217 homes – mostly traditional Edwardian and Victorian terraced houses some of which have been converted into flats. The majority of our homes are located in the Aston, Handsworth and Lozells areas of the city. We also own homes in Sparkbrook, Bordesley Green, Weoley Castle and Winson Green. Follow this link for a full list of the areas we operate in. We aim to provide good quality homes for people in need – we allocate 50% of our homes through a nomination agreement with the city council and the other 50% from our waiting list. We take pride in offering friendly, reliable, and individual customer service and have a team of eight staff dealing with housing management, repairs, lettings, customer support, and complaints.
Gillian & Graham's Garden Story
Our garden is raised by 12 inches of rubble, (probably from the bombed buildings from WW2). Topped by just a few inches of topsoil. When we moved here, it was topped by weeds. The only time we sat outside was in the evening when you couldn’t see the state of it.
Because of the depth of topsoil, it makes for planting shrubs etc. that have a big root system impossible. So, we opted for something on simple lines, working with what we had.
We have seating areas each end, to catch the sun and shade at different times of the day. We have a narrow border to add colour, and a lawn. Baskets and planters make up more colour and different levels. Also, solar lights so we can make the most of our time outside.
Now we have a space that is pretty, relaxing, and somewhere to eat outside, whether it’s having breakfast or a barbecue. My wife likes to sit and read. Most of all though, keeping the garden looking nice is so rewarding. We are proud of what we have achieved. It’s our own little oasis in a drab area of Birmingham.
Along with photos of how it looks now, I have added a before photo. It’s amazing how much bigger it all looks now.
I hope you like our garden as much as we do.