Kudos and respect to Richmond Housing Partnership, the 'arm's-length' organisation that looks after the former Richmond Upon Thames council homes.
I understand that behind one of the blocks of flats which they are responsible for is a courtyard around some trees. Over the last few years residents in the flats have been planting flowers and little shrubs, and making the area look quite nice and colourful. They really seemed to be looking after the place, planting new flowers in the spring, etc.
Now at this point you would normally expect me to say that the housing trust came along, dug up all the flowers and threatened the residents with prosecution if they dared to carry on planting unauthorised flowers, and the usual health'n'safety guff.
I am well pleased to say that this has not happened at all here. In fact the Trust is going to install a tap in the courtyard, so that people can water the plants, and is even giving them a voucher to buy a hosepipe and some gardening bits and pieces.
Now I know that this may not seem like much. However, consider the bureaucratic and insidious climate in which organisations now have to operate.
I think that Richmond Housing Partnership is to be congratulated for its practical and common-sense solution.
How often do we hear words such as "practical" and "commonsense", in a positive context, these days?
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