SEAFORD: Work starts on creating beach garden

VOLUNTEERS are needed in Seaford for a community project that aims to create a beach garden in time for the summer holidays.

The scheme has been headed up by the Seaford Seafront Theme Group and a final design for the latest addition to the town has been agreed.

This is loosely based on a similar project in Worthing.

The garden, which is situated near the Beachcomber and West View, will have a marine theme and will include rustic plants, tamarisk trees and a boat.

A number of workshops are due to take place which will begin with site preparation, with final planting in May time.

The area is known as the Sunken Garden and already South Down Volunteers and members of the Friends of Tide Mills are on hand to help out with the project, which was backed by Seaford Town Council.

Keith Blackburn, chair of the Seaford Seafront Theme Group, said the Seaford Community Partnership had also been heavily involved in the project.

He added, “We want to improve the seafront. The plants that are being used are ones that have the very best chance of surviving in the very harsh conditions and we want to encourage people to walk from the seafront to the town centre through the Sunken Garden.

“We will be having an 8ft high buoy on the edge of the beach and esplanade and opposite the Sunken Garden with signs pointing toward the Sunken Garden.”

Jim Skinner, chair of the Friends of Tide Mills and a member of the Seaford Seafront Theme Group, added, “The whole seafront is badly neglected compared to how it used to be and is in dire need for being spruced up.”

“The aim of the project is to create a feeling of community and this is an attempt to brighten up the seafront area.”

Anyone who would like to help with the project should email: keithrblackburn@live.co.uk or contact Joanne Smith at the Seaford Gazette on 414485.