Derwent Living springs into action

Customers and colleagues worked together yesterday to spruce up a scheme in Nottingham.

Derwent Living colleagues and customers were out in force at allotments in Kimberley, Nottingham yesterday for the Great British Spring Clean. Together with operatives from Places Management they filled an enormous 15m3 skip – that’s around 250 black bin bags of rubbish!

The team also gave the local community allotments a once-over, clearing overgrown beds and turning the soil, ready for the growing season. The allotments, on the site of a former car park and fly-tipping hot spot, provides a space for customers to grow fruit and vegetables - and share gardening advice.   

Mitch Allseybrook, customer engagement manager at Derwent Living who helped organise the event, said: “It was great to get out and about at our scheme in Kimberley. Hiring a skip gave customers the chance to get rid of unwanted large items, and the litter pick and allotment tidy up helped improve the local environment.

“Lisa, our housing officer for the scheme, also came down and was able to talk through any scheme or tenancy issues customers had and identify improvement work.

“Many of the other colleagues who attended were from back-office teams, and don’t often get the chance to meet customers face-to-face. They really enjoyed the day, and it’s great to be able to offer something a little different to those who are usually based at our Derby headquarters.”


The Nottingham event is part of nationwide effort across the Places for People Group to support Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign.  Other events are being run in Preston, Chorley, Eastbourne, Hounslow, Sheffield, Leicester, Newcastle, Lowestoft, St Neots and Huntingdon throughout April.

More information is available on the Keep Britain Tidy website.