We’re in it for the long haul.

We help housing associations and other registered providers make neighbourhoods safer, more attractive and more vibrant places to live while helping residents improve their personal prospects and their ability to manage their money. 

That means working with your tenants to help them live more affordably, heating their home for less; work together to improve their surroundings, while learning valuable lifeskills such as food growing and cookery; and develop the confidence and networks to escape isolation, improve their job prospects and succeed in work. 

We’re helping with longer-term challenges too, designing landscapes that reduce flood risk, adapting homes and neighbourhoods to our changing climate and testing new approaches to supporting community integration and place-based social action. 

Attractive housing estate garden with Sustainable Urban Drainage features.
Attractive housing estate garden with Sustainable Urban Drainage features.

We can help you to: 

Tackle fuel poverty: our ‘Green Doctors’ help vulnerable people boost their income by saving energy and water, so that they can live more comfortably and reduce their environmental impact. 

Support tenants into work: we know how important it is to housing associations that their tenants are able to pay their bills.  Our life skills and employment support programmes can help your tenants grow their confidence, increase their employability and take crucial new steps towards education, training and employment. 

Improve your open spaces and reduce your maintenance costs: our range of landscape services can help you to transform neglected spaces on your estates, working with your tenants to realise their aspirations, while our Green Teams can provide a high quality service with added social value. 

Tackle anti-social behaviour and promote youth participation: through the provision of targeted youth work within your neighbourhoods and by initiating social action projects that bring people together across the generations. 

Landscape Design

We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality open spaces that promote health and wellbeing.

That’s why we work with local authorities and housing associations throughout the UK to involve residents from the very start of the design process. We believe that everyone has a stake in their local green spaces, and we want to make sure that everyone has a say in how they are designed and used.

We design accessible, attractive and integrated public spaces, including; pedestrian and cycle routes, courtyards, public squares and even roof parks. Wherever possible we will introduce Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), permeable surfaces and planting to alleviate surface water pooling, reduce urban heat island effect and help tackle pollution.

We have worked with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centre Consortiums and Transport Authorities including Network Rail and Transport for London. Conducting in depth public consultations we design quality public realm improvements that enhance the usability and accessibility of a space and meet the client’s ongoing maintenance requirements.

What makes Groundwork different is that we don’t just walk away when the contractor has left. We stay involved to support residents in setting up gardening clubs and other community initiatives. We believe that the best way to ensure the long-term success of a green space is to create a sense of ownership and pride among the people who use it.

Landscape Contractors

Groundwork Pride Ltd – established since 2006 as a subsidiary of Groundwork, we specialise in delivering minor civil, soft and hard landscaping, ground maintenance and tree work services to the construction industry across Yorkshire and the Humber, making us your contractor of choice.

All our profits are gift aided back to Groundwork’s charitable projects, being delivered across Yorkshire and the Humber.

We are also a fully accredited contractor with, an accredited member of the Contractors Health & Safety Scheme.

We have a reputable track record of delivering soft and hard landscaping projects. Our clients include:

  • Major national house builders
  • Local authorities and public bodies
  • Businesses
  • Private householders

Let our award-winning team design, manage and create the perfect everyday garden for your home. With our garden design or garden maintenance services, or contract us to visualise innovative ideas for your business using sustainable materials to transform an outdoor space.


Groundwork is the ideal partner for social housing providers seeking to deliver their retrofit programmes for three compelling reasons.

1. We have a proven track record of effectively reaching, communicating, and engaging vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities. Our extensive experience in community outreach and engagement enables us to understand the unique needs and challenges faced by these groups, allowing us to tailor our retrofit initiatives accordingly. By fostering strong relationships with local residents, we ensure that your programmes have a positive and lasting impact with reduced level of stakeholder drop-off typically associated with retrofit programmes.

2. Our trusted position as an independent third party is a significant advantage. Being a neutral and impartial organization, we are well-regarded by both residents and housing providers, creating an atmosphere of trust and transparency throughout the retrofit process. This trust ensures that residents feel comfortable and confident participating in the programme, which ultimately leads to higher rates of adoption and success.

3. What sets Groundwork apart is our commitment to social responsibility. As a charitable organization, all the ‘profits’ generated from our work are directly reinvested into our other charitable programmes. By choosing Groundwork as your partner, not only are you benefiting from our expertise and community-focused approach but are also contributing to our wider work in communities across the North. Creating a positive social impact, making our partnership even more rewarding and meaningful.

Groundwork Retrofit offers the following services in compliance with PAS2035
  • Retrofit engagement
  • Retrofit assessment
  • Ventilation testing
  • Retrofit coordination
  • Retrofit evaluation

Green Doctor

For local authorities, social housing providers, small housing providers.

Fuel Poverty Training

Fuel poverty disproportionately affects homes and communities in the north of England. This is especially the case in post-industrial cities where the majority of the housing stock is old and poorly insulated.

The severity of the negative outcomes related to fuel poverty is not widely recognised; for example, 15,030 people are estimated to have died as result of cold housing in the winter of 2018-2019. The fact that this figure seems so shocking is linked to the fact that so few people recognise the scale or depth of the problem.

Aims and objectives

Train front line workers to:

  • Recognise the scale, severity, and signs of fuel poverty
  • To be able to offer basic advice
  • To know where to refer for more in-depth help