New families get a warm welcome in Forest Hill

Forest Hill residents and their dogs have been celebrating the re-opening of a shared garden area on the Wood Vale estate.


Housing provider, Lewisham Homes, working in partnership with Lewisham Council and Bonds Builders, held the celebrations to thank local people for their patience during the build of nine brand new council homes at Wood Vale.

The friendly community warmly welcomed the new families and joined Councillor Maja Hilton for hot chocolate in the rustic garden space next to the new homes.

Vass, who has lived at Wood Vale for more than 40 years said:

“I have an allotment but now my wife and I can spend time in the shared garden much closer to home.  I’m pleased to see new council flats being built here. With so many people on the housing waiting list, it’s important.  Everyone should have a home.“

Liyan, who has moved into one of the new council homes with his wife and two children added:

“Our new flat is more than a home.  It is everything to me and my family. We have had to move five times in the last three years and it’s been hard. We never expected to live somewhere brand new! The people who already live in the area have been so kind to us.”

Lewisham Homes highlighted the importance of looking after the environment at the celebrations.  Dogs wore neck bandannas to encourage their owners to love where they live and keep the area clean.  Bonds Builders unveiled a bug hotel which provides a nesting space for insects in the shared garden.

Lewisham Homes Board Chair Ainsley Forbes said:

“I’m delighted that we have created nine beautiful new council homes for local people. We want everyone who lives at Wood Vale to love where they live. This area has a strong sense of community. The improved shared garden and new bug hotel provides an environmentally friendly legacy for everyone living here.”

By the end of 2017, Lewisham Homes will have created 31 new council homes in the borough, with nearly 300 due to start on site next year.