Howard Park in Peacehaven to be given new lease of life

Howard Park, Peacehaven, will be turned into peace park
Howard Park, Peacehaven, will be turned into peace park
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A gravel pathway, bulb planting and a memorial bench are just some of the ways Peacehaven Town Council is planning to spruce up Howard Park, just off the A259.

Work on the pavement and pathway will start on Monday October 14 and bulb planting will begin on Saturday October 12.

The town council will also stage a community bulb planting event on Saturday October 29 which will start at the site, but may include other places such as The Dell.

Peacehaven town councillor Elayne Merry said: “The project is one that is close to my heart. As the first thing you see as you drive into the town, I think it should be more attractive and a place for quiet contemplation. I hope that these improvements will fulfil those aspirations.”

The revamp work planned looks set to cost about £4,000.

A petanque area will also be built.

Assistant town clerk Steve Keogh said: We hope the petanque area will be popular.

“The town is twinned with a French town so this may help, also the bowls club is popular so they will also show interest.

“The fact that a licensed premises is next door may also help.”

The pathway is to be created by cutting out the shape and filling it in with loose fill gravel. Then flower beds and a rockery will be installed.

There are plans to have some bulb planting in the park, including daffodils, snowdrops and tulips.

The council will also plant trees shrubs and hedges during October and November to make the exposed area more sheltered and will be putting in new soil to help the plants grow.

Southern Water has provided the council with 25 timber sleepers, which will be used for seating, the petanque area and the rockery.

The project should be complete by the middle of November and an opening ceremony is being planned.

In the future the council is also hoping to create a fountain in the garden.

This Saturday the town council will be visited by Vernon Robinson from the USA who was born in Peacehaven in 1922.

He has asked for a memorial bench to be installed in memory of his brother but also wants to be remembered as well.

The mayor Rachael Coles will be meeting him.