Community creates new garden

Preparing the new Needles Community Garden
Preparing the new Needles Community Garden

A NEW garden has been created by the community at the Needles in Horsham.

The garden project, led by Horsham District Council, was funded by a £30,000 Section 106 grant from a housing developer and donations were received from West Sussex County Council, Busy Bees Nursery, Horsham Lions Club and Southern Water.

Young people from the Needles Youth and Kings Church gave up their free time to help plant fruit trees, shrubs and herbs and mulched the planting beds, and the Community Payback Team helped to paint the walls and fences.

The project includes an improved private youth/child garden, an overflow car park and a community garden for local residents to use.

The garden is due to be launched to the wider Needles Community residents in spring 2012, once the winter planting has had time to become established.

Roger Arthur, district council cabinet member for housing and community development, said: “The new garden at Needles is a great transformation.

“It is great to see the local young people coming out to help with the planting, and a number of organisations making donations.

“The new community garden area will provide a relaxing space that everyone in the local area can enjoy.”