Rose garden to mark the jubilee

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A GARDEN commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was officially opened by the town council’s Hailsham In Bloom Committee.

The opening ceremony of the Jubilee Community Rose Garden, which is sited outside Hailsham Library in Western Road, took place on June 2.

The event was attended by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field, local business people and residents.

Guests included the Mayor of Hailsham Councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor and youth mayor Chelsie McIntosh, who were given a guided tour of the garden directly after the Lord Lieutenant declared it formally opened.

Deputy town Mayor and chairman of Hailsham In Bloom Councillor Richard Grocock, said the event represented a culmination of several months work by dedicated volunteers.

Councillor Grocock said, “Volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform the new garden from an under-used piece of grass into somewhere people could enjoy and escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby town centre.

“The launch was a great success and I am confident the garden will be an important part of the townscape for generations to come.”

All present were thanked for their financial contribution to the project, and for practical input in terms of planning design, hard landscaping, planting and the installation of various garden components.

The Lord Lieutenant congratulated all involved in the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden project on the successful outcome of their hard work.

St Bede’s pupil Rosa Witts was also congratulated on her winning effort to design a mosiac for the garden.

Work to build the new garden started in November last year, and a small but dedicated volunteer working group saw the project through, from the planning and design of the garden through to its construction and acquisition of sponsorship.

Sponsorship of the garden, which includes raised flower beds, arbours, seating and a rose walk, was provided by a number of local businesses including J. Martin, Rustic Furniture, Littlewood Fencing, Wickes DIY, Sussex Stone Marble & Granite Ltd, Town & Country Tree Services, E&S Heating and Ventilation, Sussex Independent Financial Advisors, Haulaway, Chalvington Communications, and Hart Reade Solicitors.

Generous personal donations were provided by Lew Lovelady and Lilian Woodley, both long-term residents of Hailsham.

The Hailsham In Bloom Committee is pleased to have worked in partnership with the County Council which allowed use of its land in front of the library.