New way to get more in the garden

ALLOTMENT space may be at a premium in Eastbourne but a charity has come up with an innovative way of getting more people gardening.

Age Concern Eastbourne is partnering vegetable-growers with people who no longer wish to tend their garden and is appealing for more participants. In exchange for garden space, home owners could negotiate a share of the fresh produce.

Eastbourne Borough Council has agreed to spend £19,000 to create 56 new allotments in Manor Road and Churchdale Road to tackle a 334-strong waiting list but the charity’s proposal could reduce pressure on current space immediately.

Emma Vieira, of Age Concern Eastbourne, said, “The project is aimed at those in the Eastbourne area who are desperately trying to obtain an allotment and clients over the age of 50 who live in their own homes but are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their garden due mobility problems.

“The scheme is designed for people to utilise the space available by growing produce that in turn will be shared with the garden owner. It is not a free gardening service for general lawn mowing and maintenance.”

If you are interested in becoming a gardener, offering garden space or would like more information please contact Ms Vieira on 01323 638474.