Loxwood Community Gardens

DURING the last month, the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative have been extremely busy in creating a Diamond Jubilee Garden for the Loxwood residents. This garden is situated on what was an overgrown, neglected piece of land between Station Road and Willetts Way.

We have just completed Phase One of this garden which measures approximately one quarter of an acre in size. This work has included a semi-circular sleeper wall which has created a backdrop to a stunning stone seating area incorporating a mahogany bench surrounded by two raised beds which we have started to plant up with herbs and salad crops which can be of use to local residents. The whole area has been fenced off with a post and rail fence with access through one entrance gate to ensure the area will be safe for young children.

The funds for this have been generated by the members of the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative as well as a grant that we acquired from the Big Lottery Fund. We have again been very fortunate to find a local landscaping company, Paul Swan Landscaping Ltd., who has very kindly donated his time and expertise at a very reasonable cost to help with this project. Paul and his team have produced a fantastic example of their workmanship. As well as Paul, we would like to thank two local companies who have been very generous towards us by supplying their goods at a very competitive rate. They are Covers Builders Merchants at Rudgwick and AVS Fencing Supplies at Rudgwick. Without their help we would not have been able to complete this project.

Phase Two will start once we have raised sufficient funds and have got our plans in place, however, we would love to find somebody who would be in a position to donate a totem pole for this area.

When you are passing Loxwood, do drop in and have a look at what the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative have achieved from an overgrown, neglected piece of waste land that was being used as a dumping area we have now the start of a magnificent community garden for the benefit of the residents of Loxwood.

We are always looking to increase our membership. If you are interested in becoming involved or helping out in any way or would like to make a donation to help our cause, please contact Graham Moore on 01403 751722 or email ginamoore@btopenworld.com

Details can also be found on www.lcgi.org.uk which show our other two community areas.

Article contributed by Graham Moore, Chairman LCGI. Send your news to ct.news@sussexnewspapers.co.uk (300 words max)