Hailsham: Public garden planned for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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WORK will soon begin in Hailsham to build a new community rose garden to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The town council’s Hailsham In Bloom Committee hopes to create a popular small public garden outside Hailsham Library in Western Road.

Councillors put forward the idea last year before a small working party from within the town council and the local community then produced a final design of the garden and started looking for sponsors.

Funding to buy roses, raised plant beds, paving and wooden benches has been found but more sponsorship is needed.

Sponsors include Chalvington Communications, Sussex Independent Financial Advisors, Haulaway and Hart Reade Solicitors, and other local companies have recently expressed an interest in the project.

The committee has also launched a competition open to school pupils in Hailsham to design the central feature in the garden, which will be constructed from mosaic tiles.

Councillor Richard Grocock, deputy town mayor and chairman of the Hailsham In Bloom committee, said, “I am delighted that work on the construction of the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden will soon be underway and I am confident that it will be ready for the start of this summer, in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

“I hope more businesses will come forward and get involved by sponsoring the project in order to make it a real community effort and help to bring the garden to fruition.

“A lot of hard work has gone into design and planning to date and, once completed, it will be an amazing space for local residents to enjoy.”

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.