Opening of wildflower garden for community

JPCT 020612  Sally Gunnell opens wildflower garden in Abbey Road, Steyning. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 020612 Sally Gunnell opens wildflower garden in Abbey Road, Steyning. Photo by Derek Martin

A wildflower garden has been created on an open space in Steyning, where hundreds of seeds are now beginning to flower.

The concept was raised by Steyning resident Karen Foxwell, who approached parish council chairman David Barling a few weeks ago.

At a Jubilee street party in the town, she outlined her vision of a special area where country and conservation could be promoted.

He suggested that a section of land owned by the parish council at Abbey Road could be used for the wildflower garden which she envisaged.

“The site is perfect for the wildflower garden and the land belongs to the parish,” said Mr Barling.

He added: “It is an excellent scheme. In years to come, this will be something for residents to enjoy every year. Everyone has done a wonderful job.”

Despite adverse weather, work began by clearing a perfect circle so that ground could be prepared for planting seeds.

Working with Karen was parish councillor, Gill Ness-Collins, and other helpers from Steyning.

The garden was opened by former Olympic hurdler Sally Gunnell who lives in Steyning area.

She said: “Pupils from Towers School, Upper Beeding, helped plant the seeds. It is a great community scheme and I am a great supporter of countryside projects like this.”

Karen said: “ It is an ideal project to celebrate both the Jubilee and Olympics.”

“We have planted hundreds of wildflower seeds, both annuals and perennials. They will seed and multiply each year and, importantly, they will attract bees. and cross-pollination.”

Contributions towards costs were made by Angus Graham of Hamilton Graham estate agents and local solicitor Emma Chatwell of Steyning.