A community garden in Newhaven which provides courses, workshops and events, is now a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).
The Growing Together Community Garden said it was hopeful this new status would enable it to secure more funding in the future.
To celebrate their achievements, volunteers are inviting everyone from Newhaven and its surrounding areas to a bonfire with hot potatoes on Sunday December 8 at the garden in Pevensey Road.
Trustee Kate Bowen said: “We’re very excited to have achieved charity status and are looking forward to our next challenge.
“We are optimistic that our newfound status will open new doors as we look for some longer term funding for the project. “
A CIO is a new kind of charity that allows an organisation to enjoy the benefits of being a charity without having to register as a company.
The bonfire will take place from 3pm to 5pm.
This event will be weather dependent so if in doubt call on the day on 01273 517325.
Chair Hayley Cox added: “We are thrilled to have finally become a CIO. Now we can start work on the projects we always dreamed about and make the garden a really wonderful space people can use to grow, learn and share.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work but we know what the garden means to the community and want to share the therapeutic value gardening has to offer.”
The garden has been hosting gardening courses, workshops and events for the Newhaven community for the last three years, including Gardening for the over 50s, Cook, Grow, Share and a Jubilee Party.