Historic gathering for Jubilee garden

The opening of the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden in Hailsham.
The opening of the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden in Hailsham.

A WONDERFUL rose garden commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been created for residents in the heart of Hailsham.

The new Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden was officially opened outside Hailsham Library in Western Road, by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, on Saturday, June 2.

Hailsham Town Council’s ‘In Bloom’ Committee organised the gathering with business folk, councillors and guests of honour including the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor and new Youth Mayor, Chelsie McIntosh. The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Grocock, also In Bloom chairman, welcomed Mr Field at the historic event.

Afterwards, Cllr Grocock said: “Volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform the new garden from an under-used piece of grass into somewhere people could enjoy and escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby town centre.

“The launch of the garden was a great success and I am confident that the garden will be an important part of the townscape for generations to come. My fellow committee members and I look forward to keeping up with news about the garden’s future progression as it continues to develop.”

Dignatries were given a guided tour of the garden which has been put together after several months of hard work by dedicated volunteers.

Work began in November last year with the In Bloom committee planning, designing, gaining sponsorship and putting together the site.

Sponsorship of the garden, which includes raised flower beds, arbours, seating and a rose walk, was provided by local businesses including J. Martin Rustic Furniture; Littlewood Fencing; Wickes DIY; Sussex Stone Marble & Granite Ltd; Town & Country Tree Services; E&S Heating and Ventilation; Sussex Independent Financial Advisors; Haulaway; Chalvington Communications; and Hart Reade Solicitors. Generous personal donations were provided by Mr Lew Lovelady and Mrs Lilian Woodley. East Sussex County Council provided the land.