Thirteen’s environmental improvements recognised in local community awards

Thirteen is celebrating the success of its work to improve the environment for local communities.

John Wood Thirteen

11 Sep 2020

Environmental specialist John Woods has received the highly commended award in the Making Physical Improvements to our Neighbourhoods category in Middlesbrough Council’s Civic Community Awards.

A number of community projects have made a real difference to estates, not only in Middlesbrough, but across the Tees Valley and many more will continue to in the future. Around 14 projects have been completed in Middlesbrough to enhance the estates for Thirteen’s customers.

From planting trees and building habitat boxes for hedgehogs, bats, birds and insects, the incredible work has not gone unnoticed. In one project, John worked closely with members of the local residents’ group and the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, to transform the communal land off Raintree Close in Thorntree.

The fruit trees and nut trees, which were planted last year will provide food and an improved environment over the coming years. Any produce from the trees can be shared among residents living on the estate.

John said: “Receiving this award on behalf of Thirteen is a privilege. The work we do to improve the environment is incredibly important, so it is fantastic to be recognised.

“The way in which it positively impacts the estates is very rewarding and to see our customers develop a sense of pride in the place they live makes it worthwhile.”

Director of facilities management Scott Lowther added: “Working with partner organisations to improve our estates is essential.

“It’s always great to work with our customers on environmental projects. These projects are about giving something back to them and we really want to see them take good care of the area they live in.

“We have ambitious plans to improve Thirteen’s environmental impact and create greener communities. We’ll be working on some exciting projects as we continue to empower our customers to become more environmentally friendly.”

The awards highlight individuals, community organisations and businesses who have made a real difference to the residents of Middlesbrough.