Gardening club celebrates after kind donation

Cumbria Court Gardening Club SUS-150716-162803001
Cumbria Court Gardening Club SUS-150716-162803001

A gardening club has new planters thanks to a donation of more than £400 by Langney Area Panel and the Retirement Housing Panel.

Residents of Cumbria Court in Milfoil Drive were keen to brighten up their back garden and decided to set up a new gardening club. They’ve already planted a range of flowers and created a new seating area. Langney Area Panel gives money to community projects and agreed to pay £330 for two wooden raised beds to enhance the garden, while the Retirement Housing Panel offered another £50 towards planting.

Resident Pat Smith, who is part of the gardening club, said, “We decided to set up a gardening club and most of the residents joined.

“We donated £75 between us which was generously topped up by the two panels.

“Currently, five residents put in money every week to pay for the upkeep of the new garden.

“We’d like to thank our Eastbourne Homes on-site coordinator, Jim Ball, who’s been great. He chased everyone up and made the garden clearance happen. There was a lot to dig out to get the area ready for planting and if it wasn’t for Jim I don’t think we’d have been able to do this so we’re very grateful,”

The planters were provided by We Grow It, who help people transform their gardens and grow their own veg using the raised beds. Eastbourne Shed also assisted, which is a place where people can take part in activities similar to those they would do in their own garden shed but with a like-minded group of people for company.

Cumbria Court was the first big project that We Grow It and Eastbourne Shed have worked on in partnership and the residents are delighted.