News and Events

Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice or want to give it a try, if you are one of our residents then why not enter this year's competition? 

There are two categories, best garden & best hanging basket or container, with each winner receiving a £50 gardening voucher. The closing date has been extended to Friday 5th August 2022.

The competition is open to all Willow Tree Housing Partnership residents (South Western Housing & Tamar Housing).

To enter, simply email a photo of your own garden, hanging basket or container to 

If you don't have a garden or balcony then send in your entries of your indoor plant containers or hanging plant arrangements.

Please include the title Gardening Competition, & provide your name, address, telephone number & email. 

We will announce the winner soon after the closing date. Good luck!

One of our tenants? Willow Tree Housing Partnership's Tenant's Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now click here

Important news for social housing & shared ownership tenants.

Many people want to help those who are fleeing the conflict in the Ukraine. The government has launched the 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme to enable people living in the UK to host Ukrainian individuals or families for six months.

The government is keen for social renters and shared owners to take part if they want to. The good news is, that tenants can take part in the scheme without it affecting their benefits.

If you want to find out more about the scheme then go to 

Please see FAQs here for those interested in becoming a sponsor. Further guidance will be published in due course.

A bright and crisp Wednesday, 19 January 2022, saw the official opening of Broomfield Park in Stoke St Gregory. A lovey mixed tenure scheme which complements its beautiful surroundings. For more details go to

In October we celebrated the opening of our Bakers Field development at Brent Knoll! We welcomed local Parish Councillors, Sedgemoor District Council and future residents to come and see the 15 new homes, more details

We are delighted to announce that with effect from 1 June 2020, South Western Housing Society and Tamar Housing will be known as the Willow Tree Housing Partnership. The two associations have formed a partnership that is governed by one board and executive team, which will generate efficiencies within the businesses to build resilience going forward. The Partnership will also share staff in order to deliver more effective services to our tenants and residents wherever possible going forward.


Over the course of the next weeks and months, Willow Tree will be tracking the progress of its joint endeavour and will seek to build evidence that the benefits of working in partnership can be measured against the key drivers set by the Board, which are: to create capacity for growth, to build business resilience, to maintain and improve customer satisfaction, and to deliver efficiency savings where it is reasonable and appropriate to do so.


The two organisations continue to retain their legal identities so tenants and residents will see no change to their contractual agreements. Likewise we will continue to use our registered names for contract and payment purposes, although from now our logo and all of our branding will be in the name of Willow Tree.


Donna Johnson, CEO of WTHP said ‘as our partnership grows and matures, we will keep you informed of any new ways of working and look forward to continuing to support all of our stakeholders to flourish alongside us.’


Andre Angelinetta. Chair of the Board also confirmed, ‘I believe that this is a great opportunity for the pooling of strengths from both organisations and together Willow Tree will be a strong partnership which will cope well with the future challenges. It will also provide increased opportunities for staff and greater efficiencies together with more housing.’


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Willow Tree Housing Partnership is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. 


The theme this year is ‘Nature’, & how connecting with nature can play an important part in improving mental health. 

To find out more, & why nature has been chosen, go to

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek   #ConnectWithNature





During January, our Asset Manager – Neil Buckland, attended at the two-day National Housing Maintenance Forum Conference which was held in Birmingham. The conference covered many aspects relating to asset management including technical issues, sustainability, building contracts and other legal matters. The conference provided good networking opportunities with delegates in similar roles to Neil, also an exhibition enabling him to have discussions with product manufacturers. Neil is pictured here with Jonathan Case (right) of our consultants RAND Associates who carry out the periodic energy rating assessment calculation of the Society’s property stock, and provide some of our staff with training on Schedule of Rates for repair works.

SWHS staff have donated money collected from their weekly 'dress down days to 'In Charley’s Memory', a local Charity who do fantastic work raising awareness of mental health particularly in young people. 

Dawn Kirby SWHS Maintenance Officer, Alex Smith SWHSHousing Assistant and Daisy-Grace Westbrook, SWHS Business Support Assistant presented the cheque to Dawn Carey, Operations Manager for the Charity.

On the 6th and 7th November SWHS Operations Director, Martin Carney attended the National Smaller Housing Federations Conference at the Olympia in London. The event had been extended to two days from the normal one day following its success last year and has been moved to accommodate the ever increasing interest in the conference to the Olympia Conference Centre.


The event was a success although due to the forth coming General Election a number of key note speakers were unable to attend which was a little bit disappointing but understandable.

South Western Housing Society’s vision is to deliver more, in all aspects of housing, and for people who are not able to access the general market.


As part of this commitment, the staff team came together to plan and organise a ‘Giving Back’ day at the Weston Super Mare Night Assessment Centre (NAC); a project that delivers vital support to people who are street homeless.  


The Society have previously chosen the (NAC) as its charity to donate monies collected from its “dress down day”. This year the Society, with support from our contractor partners; Jones Building Group, Dale Building Maintenance, E G Carter & Co and Gregor Heating, upgraded the existing shower room, installed new shelving, provided lockable cupboards and painted the sleeping area. These works were completed in time for the NAC’s first birthday.


Liona, an NAC staff member fed back a ‘thank you so much for the shower!!!! What a difference it made to our clients last night! I think we will have to allocate times from now on as it was difficult getting them out last night! Thank you so much, I and the clients really do appreciate everything you have done.’


On the 30th January our Operations Manager and Housing Assistant welcomed potential applications for our Wedmore Development to Wedmore Village Hall Open Event. The Operations Manager said 'we met lots of members of the local community and interest in the Wedmore Development was high, we have taken contact details for all and will be in touch once we have firm date for properties to be let'.