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Left to right Gwyn Hughes, Richard Yeoman, Andy Evans and Mike Hanlon. SUS-140318-104312001

Left to right Gwyn Hughes, Richard Yeoman, Andy Evans and Mike Hanlon. SUS-140318-104312001

Nearly 50 new allotment plots are up for grabs, thanks to funding from Hampden Park & Willingdon Trees Area Panel.

The panel has donated £4,800 to help develop new allotment facilities in Bodiam Crescent and the funding will help to create nearly 50 new allotment plots, benefiting the local community and keen gardeners.

Hampden Park & Willingdon Trees Area Panel is one of the four panels which are part of Eastbourne Homes.

Each panel has a sum of money to distribute to good causes in the area.

Eastbourne Homes and Eastbourne Borough Council are working in partnership to help reduce the allotment waiting lists that currently exist within the borough.

The new allotments will be re-opened in the disused part of the Highfield Estate Allotment site and the funding will pay for the clearance of the overgrown brambles and bushes.

The improved site will include a car parking area, water supply and additional drainage.

Gwyn Hughes, allotment manager at Eastbourne Allotments & Garden Society, said, “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Eastbourne Homes and Eastbourne Borough Council in facilitating the provision of additional and much needed allotment plots for this area of our town.

“We look forward to welcoming new allotmenteers to this site on completion of the works, which is anticipated to be in late spring or early summer.”

Andy Evans, chair of Hampden Park & Willingdon Trees Area Panel, said, “The Panel was delighted to provide the funding to help uncover these new allotment sites.

“The plots will benefit many local people who are keen to grow their own vegetables, especially those who don’t have their own garden.”

Cllr Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities, said, “It is wonderful that more allotments are being provided in this part of town by Eastbourne Borough Council.

“They provide a much needed leisure activity for residents.

“The ability that Eastbourne Homes has to help fund projects such as this adds an extra dimension to the local environment.”

If you would like to apply for one of the new allotment plots, please contact Gwyn Hughes on 01323 430970, or email eastbourne.allotments@gmail.com

 

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