Motcombe Gardens receives QE II plaque

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A plaque has been unveiled to officially mark the granting of Queen Elizabeth II Field status to Motcombe Gardens.

Motcombe Gardens is the first public green space in Eastbourne to receive the prestigious status, which protects it for life from unwanted development.

The bid for QEII status was one of 20 made by Eastbourne Borough Council, and the plaque is the first to be received in the town.

Councillor Carolyn Heaps, chair of the Friends of Motcombe Gardens, said, “The receipt of the plaque is excellent news for the recently formed Friends of Motcombe Gardens and a real boost to the members who are passionate about improving these popular gardens for future generations. I would encourage as many local people as possible to consider joining the Friends to ensure these popular gardens are maintained and improved.”

Councillor Steve Wallis, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said, “This is the first of many QEII Field applications and as each of the Deeds to protect the land is completed, Fields in Trust will send a plaque for displaying on each site to officially recognise its permanently protected status. Eastbourne has long had a reputation for excellent public gardens and this initiative means that so many of these public spaces will be protected for all to appreciate and enjoy in perpetuity.”

The Friends of Motcombe Gardens have recently enjoyed a bee walk through Friends of the Earth and have other events planned such as a suitcase sale on August 31 (10am-noon)to raise funds for the gardens. There is a charge of £2 per case with no electrical items or foodstuffs allowed for sale.

Please contact Councillor Carolyn Heaps (Councillor.Heaps@eastbourne.gov.uk) for further details and to join the group.