This week, our gardener Steve Green, was presented with a Long Service award and gift vouchers by CEO Paul Yates – all at a distance! Colleagues congratulated Steve via Skype.
“I hadn’t actually seen Steve in person since mid-March because of lockdown so it was great to surprise him on Monday morning with his long-service award,” said Paul. “ To have committed 25 years service is just fantastic. “The gardens at the Gunters Mead retirement scheme (located mid-way between Esher and Oxshott), are testament to Steve’s hard work and dedication. Just as importantly, Steve is a brilliant colleague and his enthusiasm and commitment to his role are really appreciated by the residents and colleagues. I’m really proud that he’s been part of the team for so long.”
Gunters Mead, is an over-60s scheme located mid-way between Esher and Oxshott, 65 leasehold flats and superbly tended landscaped communal gardens. Steve started working at Gunters Mead in 1995, and has seen much growth and not only of the horticultural kind.
In 2014, there was a merger of the Rosemary Simmons Memorial Housing Association with Crown Housing, and now we’re continuing to develop through our partnership with Southern Housing Group.
“I was very touched by the support of my colleagues at Crown Simmons and the Group, thank you everyone for all the good wishes, I really appreciate them, though with all that has been going on recently I had forgotten that I had reached my 25th anniversary. I do feel very privileged to have worked at Gunter’s Mead for this length of time and I look forward to being here for many years to come,” said Steve.
“I take great pride in what I do. It can be a challenge looking after six hectares of formal and informal gardens with lots of trees, shrubs, hedges and large amounts of grass but, I do really enjoy it and the residents are very appreciative of my hard work too.”
We’d like to thank Steve for all his hard work in ensuring the gardens at Gunters Mead look beautiful. Well done Steve!