Seaford Town Council has announced that a new agreement has been sealed for the management and maintenance of the Sutton Drove Allotments.
It has been signed by the town council and the Seaford Allotment and Leisure Garden Society.
The society has managed the site since 2000 on behalf of the council and both parties are looking forward to a collaborative and co-operative relationship.
The new agreement is in place for 14 years, providing long-term security for the site as well as the society.
The new management agreement gives responsibility to the society for more of the maintenance and decision-making on the site, but also allows it more freedom to use its expertise and experience to make the best of the site and provide the best possible service to its plot holders.
The council has expressed willingness to support the Society in securing a grant from Awards For All to clear an area of overgrown land on a part of the allotment site. The Society hopes that through the clearing of this land and the help of a small project team it will have more plots to let and provide space for a number of small scale projects to do with conservation and wildlife.
Eddie Collict, chairman of Seaford Allotment and Leisure Garden Society, said upon signing the document, “I am pleased that we seem to be getting back to a more co-operative and collaborative working relationship and I am grateful to all whose work and effort has brought this about.”
For more information on the Society, the allotments or enquiries about joining please follow the link to its website www.salgs.co.uk
The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Mark Brown, is pictured at the signing of the agreement on behalf of the town council with the Society’s Chairman, Eddie Collict, Secretary, Barbara French, and Security Officer, Paul West.
Meanwhile, the famous Seaford Community Garden in East Street is open every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
It is well worth a visit to admire the displays and produce – some will also be available to sample and take away.
The garden welcomes volunteer help from all in the community, especially the retired, and the disadvantaged sector. Come and help plant, pick and weed.
Find out more by visiting www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/scg/index.html