Garden will be created on recreation ground in Newhaven

Land at the Lewes Road Recreation Ground hut
Land at the Lewes Road Recreation Ground hut

Work on a community garden at Lewes Road Recreation Ground in Newhaven will begin a little later than planned.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) said construction would start at the Community Space Garden Project on Monday August 11.

It was originally due to begin on Thursday August 7 but project leaders announced the change of date this week.

The scheme will transform the under used greenspace outside Lewes Road Recreation Ground Hut in Robinson Road into a vibrant community hub and outdoor classroom.

SCDA’s open space worker Jessie Rodriguez said: “This new community space will be a great boost to the community, especially to those without their own garden.

“It will create a relaxing space where people of all ages can meet up and get involved in doing something positive for their local environment whilst gaining health benefits.

“We have already consulted a wide range of people and organisations on what should be done and they have had loads of good ideas which will be put into action.”

A concrete path will be built to create easier access, while fencing, picnic benches and raised beds will be installed.

Fruit trees will also be planted, as will wildflowers and wildlife friendly plants, and activities for health and wellbeing will be provided.

SCDA is leading the project, which will cost in the region of £40,000.

Funding is coming from Lewes District Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust which has awarded £30,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

SCDA are undertaking the scheme to meet needs identified by local people and groups, as well as in local action plans, including the Newhaven Open Spaces Strategy and the Newhaven Physical Activity Strategy.

The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust Paul Taylor said: “This important project will bring many benefits for people and the local environment and we are pleased to be able to help make it happen.”