Eastney residents consulted over community garden

SHARING IDEAS Terry Hall, project co-ordinator, talks to a local resident about the community garden.
SHARING IDEAS Terry Hall, project co-ordinator, talks to a local resident about the community garden.
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Residents were invited to share their vision for the proposed community garden at the Eastney community centre’s summer fair.

After receiving a £500 Love Your Street grant, they have started plans to develop the area outside the community café to encourage people to use the space.

The Love Your Street grants are available to support work with residents in the community to help make a positive difference in their area.

Local residents feel there has been a need for the area to be enhanced for a while and many of the centre users have said they would like to see the outside area around the community café improved.

Terry Hall, project co-ordinator, said: ‘Eastney is a well-used and popular community centre. The area we want to improve can be seen by all the park users and people passing by on the busy Eastern Road.

‘The area is currently in need of some care; the grass is in a poor state and there is a lack of colour.’

One of the main aims of the project is to provide a permanent seating area outside the café for people to use in the summer months. The stand at the summer fair presented local people with the opportunity to have their say about what the community garden should look like.

People covered the table in notes with their vision for the area, as well as jotting down suggested designs.

Ideas so far have included fixed seating, herb gardens and vegetable patches, re-painting the walls and putting up a trellis.

It is hoped the new garden will be an area of interest for young and old to enjoy and relax in, as well as getting visitors more involved at the centre.

Terry added: ‘I know what I would like to see in the community garden but we wanted other people to get involved. It is important for local people to share their ideas because they are the ones who will benefit from using the area.’

Do you have an idea that would encourage local people to get stuck in to improve their neighbourhood?

The Love Your Street Grant is now taking applications.

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