Green Synergy, a community gardening group, has moved into its first office in the Abbey Ward of Lincoln with the help of local partnerships.
The charity were joined by supporting teams from the City of Lincoln Council, Aaron Services and Kier Construction Group to officially launch their new premises on Thursday, August 7.
The property at 49 Roman Pavement, on the Tower Estate, is owned by the city council and was previously used by a pizza takeaway shop.
The previous tenants ceased trading after continued problems with anti-social behaviour and the premises had been empty in the two years since.
The council say the shop was left in a poor state of repair and Kier has completely renovated it, fitting a new kitchen and toilet, replacing doors, windows and flooring and re-wiring and re-plastering the whole building.
Kier Senior Operations Manager, Mark George, said: “As a local employer we are always keen to support good causes within the area we work in, and through our partnership with City Of Lincoln Council we are delighted to have had the opportunity to support Green Synergy.”
Aaron Services also helped by donating and fitting a brand new boiler and central heating system.
Colin Boyd, Contracts Manager from Aaron Services, said: “This has been possible with the help of manufacturers such as Vaillant boilers, Stelrad radiators, Danfoss controls and Sentinel products, which all demonstrate the improvements in efficient heating technology.”
Green synergy already has strong links with the Tower community. In 2013 they worked with local residents and the Tower Action Group to develop a community garden for the estate.
The office, which is based next door to the Tower Action Group, will enable the charity to organise more local community gardening activities and develop further partnership working opportunities.
Mary Whiting, Green Synergy CEO, said: “We are very thankful to Kier and Aaron Services for their very generous help with renovating the property.
“We are also very appreciative to City of Lincoln Council for their support in providing this building for us.
“Having our office close to the places we deliver our community gardening projects is a great improvement.”