Activities for all at Newhaven Community Garden’s family fun day

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A free family fun day will be held at Newhaven Community Garden at Lewes Road Recreation Ground on Saturday May 16.

There will be activities for all ages, including planting, face-painting, crafts, healthy snack demonstration and children’s storytelling.

It all starts at 1pm and everyone is welcome to come along and see what is happening with the community garden.

Work on the garden started last summer in 2014 and since then volunteers have transformed the under used green space outside the recreation ground’s hut into a vibrant community hub and outdoor classroom for informal recreation, learning and enjoyment.

The project has created an outdoor classroom area, laid a concrete path for easier access, installed fencing, picnic benches and raised beds for growing edible plants.

Fruit trees, wildflowers and wildlife friendly plants have been planted, and the garden has been used as a venue for a wide range of healthy living activities.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) has led the project, which cost in the region of £40,000.

Funding came from Lewes District Council and Veolia Environmental Trust which have awarded £30,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

SCDA are undertaking the scheme to meet needs identified by local people and groups, as well as in local action plans, including the Newhaven Open Spaces Strategy and the Newhaven Physical Activity Strategy.

SCDA’s open space worker Jessie Rodriguez said: “The event on Saturday will be a chance for local people to come along and have fun and find out about the community garden and how they can get involved.”

The Executive Director of Veolia Environmental Trust Paul Taylor added: “I hope everyone has a great time on Saturday and that those going along become inspired to get involved in this important project.”