Community garden success in Shinewater

Shinewater community garden SUS-150204-162639001
Shinewater community garden SUS-150204-162639001

A new community garden in Shinewater has been officially launched.

Local community groups and schools have adopted the garden which is situated in Lavender Close and are starting to plant and grow their own food.

The scheme is being coordinated by Eastbourne Homes’ Community and Initiatives Officer, Sarah Roberts.

Seven flower beds have been adopted by Shinewater Primary School, Neighbourhood First, Care for Carers, the Grow Wild Trust, Causeway Secondary School and Hazel Court School.

At the launch, Edible Eastbourne offered help and advice to the groups about the best things to plant.

They also advised on how to engage with school pupils and how to sustainably grow food.

Groups were also given welcome packs and seeds to start their projects.

Sarah Roberts said the launch went well and she was delighted at the support the project had received.

She said, “I am so grateful to Edible Eastbourne for their support with this project.

“Their knowledge and expertise will really benefit our groups and ensure the community gets the most out of it.

“I must also thank the financial sponsors of the beds, Milhams, Ask Cleaners, Neighbourhood First and Grow Wild for their contributions and the Probation Service, Sussex Waste and Mears for their help getting the beds ready for the groups.”

More help is needed to help the community garden thrive and Sarah is making a final plea and on the look out for people to donate water butts, any spare guttering and a shed.

Anyone who can help, is asked to contact Sarah via email on sarah.roberts@
eastbourne.gov.uk.