A royal treat for gardening enthusiasts

WORK has started on a new community garden to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The rose garden has been organised by the Town Council’s Hailsham In Bloom Committee and will be located outside Hailsham Library, following an agreement with East Sussex County Council which owns the land.

Volunteers have worked together in recent weeks to install a series of raised plant beds, on which various species of rose – all with a royal theme – will be planted.

Councillor Richard Grocock, Deputy Town Mayor and chairman of the Hailsham In Bloom Committee, said, “The Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden will transform what is currently an underused piece of grass into an aesthetically pleasing, peaceful area for people to relax and spend time in – and one which will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee nicely.

“I am delighted that the construction of the garden is well under way. A lot of hard work has been put into the project from volunteers and some truly generous donations have been made by local businesses, community organisations and friends of Hailsham In Bloom, of which I am grateful.

“This is certainly an exciting project for Hailsham and we will continue to provide updates on the progress of the work in the coming months.”

The proposals for the garden attracted the eye of a number of sponsors including J. Martin Rustic Furniture, Littlewood Fencing, Wickes DIY, Sussex Stone Marble & Granite, Town & Country Tree Services, Sussex Independent Financial Advisors, Chalvington Communications, E&S Heating and Ventilation, Haulaway and Hart Reade Solicitors.

Generous personal donations have been provided by Mr Lew Lovelady and Mrs Lilian Woodley, both long-term residents of Hailsham.

Work on building the garden, including further landscaping and the creation of a rose walkway, will continue through to early May.

The garden is scheduled to be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, on Saturday June 2, as part of the town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Councillor Chris Dowling, Chairman of East Sussex County Council, who will be attending an official tree planting ceremony at the Jubilee Garden on June 2, said, “We are very pleased to be able to work with the town council to promote the Queens Diamond Jubilee and help with this project by allowing the use of this area of land near the Library.

“I am sure the Jubilee Garden will be used and enjoyed by people in Hailsham for many years to come.”

If you would like to be involved in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee community garden project, contact Hailsham Town Council on 841702 or visit the Hailsham In Bloom website at www.hailshaminbloom.org for more information.