Residents tackle community project

Asda Community Life Colleague Theresa Parkinson presents the cheque and takes a break from giving residents a helping hand.
Asda Community Life Colleague Theresa Parkinson presents the cheque and takes a break from giving residents a helping hand.

A group of local residents are celebrating receiving a £500 cheque from Asda to help continue their good work on an award-winning community project.

Residents at Raglan Housing’s Ham Shaw Court and Mallard Close have teamed up to transform an abandoned overgrown wasteland into a beautiful shared garden and help bring the community together.

Their work received a community achievement award and Asda Eastbourne – which sponsored the award – was so impressed by the project it wanted to make a donation to help the group continue to improve the local area.

The residents cleared rubbish and overgrown hedges and trees, sourced new plants and lay turf and woodchip to make it safe to use for people of all ages – in just four days.

Theresa Parkinson, community life colleague, said, “When we sponsored the awards we wanted to recognise a group that has really made a difference in helping a whole community – this initiative does just that.

“There’s a fantastic team spirit amongst this group of residents and they are a great inspiration to people wanting to improve the area around them.”

The project was nominated by Leyla Mesout at Raglan Housing.

Leyla said, “It has really brought the whole community together. This is a fantastic way to improve community relations and share skills.”