Environment Hailsham has gained ‘independence’ and is now a registered charity.
Created in 2008 by a handful of enthusiastic people and initially called Hailsham in Bloom, it was developed by Jeff Bentley Astor and Richard Grocock with the simple aim of making Hailsham a prettier and more attractive town by having planted areas full of flowers which would be maintained by volunteers.
This year, the organisation obtained charity status and now runs independently, maintaining its own finances mainly by fund raising.
Chairman Richard Grocock said: “ I am absolutely delighted for this organisation to have gained charity status and particularly grateful to the team who have put so much hard work into the application.
“We are well underway to creating some lovely areas in the town for the summer and being the centenary of WW1 we are planning to make a special feature round the war memorial.”
Last year Environment Hailsham won a Silver Gilt award in the “South and South East In Bloom” awards and aim to repeat that success this year.
Environment Hailsham is encouraging residents to enter best front garden, best business premises, and best pub garden, to be judged at the end of June.
Further details from Mary Rowe on 01323 841847 and application forms can be found in the Library in Western Road, Hailsham, or the Hailsham Town Council Offices.
Anyone who is interested in helping the team would be welcomed and enquiries can be made to Richard Grocock on 01323 84842931.