Appeal for allotment beds

Linda Clarke at the allotments SUS-140907-105106001
Linda Clarke at the allotments SUS-140907-105106001

A public appeal has been launched to fund the restoration of allotment beds for disabled people.

The 15 raised beds on the Eastbourne Allotments and Garden Society’s Gorringe Road site were established in 2005 after a campaign led by local resident Jim Semple.

The beds enable people in wheelchairs, or with general mobility problems, to grow soft fruit and vegetables and harvest the results.

However, the beds are constructed with timber sleepers, and weather conditions down the years have taken a toll – particularly after the prolonged and heavy rainfall of last winter.

Several are showing signs of rot, and some are in danger of collapse.

It is estimated that each bed will cost £800-£900 to restore, making a total cost of around £12,000 to carry out phased repairs to the entire site over a 12-15 month period.

Jim Semple said, “Back in 2005 the generosity of individuals, community organisations and businesses enabled us to develop a first rate safe and welcoming facility that Eastbourne can be proud of.

“We are now appealing again for help in ensuring the future of this facility, which means so much to the users.

“The Allotments Society is funding the rebuilding of one bed, but does not have the budget to cover the entire project.”

Donations can be sent to Eastbourne Allotments and Garden Society, Gorringe Road, Eastbourne BN22 8XL, with cheques made payable to Eastbourne Allotments and Garden Society Disabled Allotments Fund.

Businesses able to contribute materials or skills should contact Allotments Manager Gwyn Hughes on 01323 430970.