Local community groups and schools are being encouraged to adopt a new community garden in Shinewater.
Groups are needed from across the town to look after the land at Lavender Close, which has been turned into seven flower beds. Companies are also being sought to sponsor each bed.
Sarah Roberts from Eastbourne Homes is leading the partnership and enlisted Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRC’s Community Payback teams to clear and prepare the area ready for planting.
Langney Area Panel, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First Team and Shinewater Primary School have already agreed to sponsor a bed and the intention is that every bed is adopted both financially and with a group that will tender it.
Sarah said, “This is a project the whole community can get involved in and groups can do what they want with their patch. They might like to try growing the tallest sunflower, or planting fruit and vegetables, and I’m delighted Edible Eastbourne has agreed to advise us on the project.
“The land was an eyesore so it’s great to see the improvements. We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the help of the Probation Service as they’ve been working on this area every weekend for the last six months so we’re very grateful.”
Peter Bond, from the Community Payback team, said, “We’ve been working on this project since last November and the project is being worked on by two different teams – one working on Saturdays and the other on Sundays, both averaging around six people working a 7.5 hour day. In total, this has added up to around 1,440 hours of work.”