A sheltered and retirement complex in Seaside was brightened up with a new sensory garden thanks to the hard work of a team from A Band of Brothers (ABoB).
The funding for the garden was provided by Central & Archery Area Panel, which enabled £600 worth of shrubs to be planted at the Eastbourne Homes-managed sheltered accommodation Archery Court.
And the shrubs were planted by ABob, a charity which encourages young men who have faced challenges to turn their lives around and give something back to the community.
As part of the scheme they volunteer on tasks where they can achieve something, such as the day spent at Archery Court.
Sarah Roberts, Eastbourne Homes’ community initiatives officer, said the sensory garden has been well received by residents of Archery Court.
“All the residents have commented on the new sensory garden and said how pleased they are with it,” she said.
“We have a number of blind residents here and it gives them an opportunity to enjoy the scented and tactile plants in the garden.
“We’d like to say thank you to the Area Panel for securing the funding for the project and ABoB for their hard work.
“It was a good opportunity to break down generational barriers as residents sat outside and chatted with the young men as they worked.
“Eastbourne Homes is fully supportive of working in the community and we look forward to doing more with ABoB in the future.”
Cllr Margaret Bannister, cabinet member for Community Services at Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “This scheme is another example of fantastic partnership working. Eastbourne Homes Area Panels are always so supportive of other organisations in their neighbourhood.
“They work with other groups for the benefit of not just their own residents but the town in general.
“It is lovely to see them supporting groups that are trying to improve their own members’ lives, as well as those of older people.”