£3 million garden centre opens near Pevensey

A NEW £3MILLION garden centre has been redeveloped and opened up at a site between Stone Cross and Pevensey for business .

The eco-friendly Eastbourne Hillier Centre, based on the B2104 Hailsham Road, celebrated its official launch with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 11.

Pevensey and Westham MP Gregory Barker was there along with the Mayor of Polegate, Cllr Tim Voyce and other dignatries.

Mr Barker said: “This new garden centre is a great boost for local business, providing jobs for local people. Looking after our gardens is a real joy for so many of us and I am delighted that Hillier has invested in this exciting re-development in such an environmentally sound way. I understand that, except for one skip load, Hillier has recycled the whole of the old garden centre.”

Chairman Robert Hillier OBE said the new store boasted eco-friendly features such as rainwater harvesting for irrigation, low energy LED lighting, solar energy recovery and energy management systems.

Glyn Webster, the centre manager, said the development meant 25 new staff had been employed.