New community centre for Horsham Needles estate

The Needles Community Garden in Horsham after refurbishment by Horsham District Council with funding from several partners
The Needles Community Garden in Horsham after refurbishment by Horsham District Council with funding from several partners

THE NEW Needles Community Garden in Horsham is set to open on Friday 8 June 2012.

Needles residents are invited to come along and join in the opening celebrations between 3.30pm and 5pm where light refreshments will be provided.

Needles Community Garden before the refurbishment by Horsham District Council

Needles Community Garden before the refurbishment by Horsham District Council

The Community Garden project is the final element of a 10 year community improvement programme that also included the extension and refurbishment of the community buildings, improvements to children’s play facilities, facelifts to shop fronts and traffic calming measures.

The garden was an express desire of Denne Neighbourhood Council but has been led by Horsham District Council and funded through a £30,000 section 106 grant plus donations from West Sussex County Council, Busy Bees Nursery, Horsham Lions Club and Southern Water.

The garden forms part of the Needles community building site in Horsham whose tenants include: Children and Families Centre, Youth Club, Kings Church, Busy Bees and RAFA (Royal Air Force Association) Club.

The tenants helped design the garden while young people from the Needles Youth Club and Kings Church helped to plant the shrubs and trees.

Following the opening, the Community Garden will be open for local residents to enjoy from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

The district council is also looking for green fingered volunteers from the Needles estate to help with the upkeep of the garden.

Sue Rogers, HDC Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, said: “The new community garden is an ideal place for local residents to meet up or just relax.

“The Needles tenants have done a superb job of creating the garden and I hope some of the estate residents will help them to maintain the garden in the future.”

For more information, contact Horsham District Council by email community.development@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215385.