Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:16
Best of luck, if I had to get another job, can't think of better one than gardening and getting paid for it!
Not much help on plant suggestions, although easy to maintain, evergreen shrubby things would seem the preferred choice. A lot of councils, HA like to promote their green credentials, so this could be another talking point for you in the interview. Here there's a lot of roundabout/roadside bee friendly planting schemes and much advertising of tenants improving communal gardens with planters of veggies etc.
Most HA Councils have a tenant participation team of staff and many publish newsletters to tenants, under the name of community investment, sustainable communities etc. It will all be on their websites. Might give you some ideas of what's in vogue for them at the moment.
Due to the changes in the benefit system, the introduction of Universal Credit, a lot of these organisations are deeply worried about their income stream, the majority of their income is from collection of housing benefit, so saving costs and long term value for money is bound to be a priority.
All sounds very exciting for you