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A new garden in town centre

Supervised sessions are being held to help maintain a new community garden in Bognor Regis town centre.

 

The events will start tomorrow and take place on the first and third Saturdays monthly to keep the space next to Bognor Regis Library looking attractive.

 

These sessions will enable the Aldingbourne Trust, which is working with the library on the garden, to offer another activity for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and tackle social isolation which can be prevalent at weekends.

 

Lisa Palmer, the trust’s community garden project co-ordinator, said:

 

“I really hope that people with disabilities and the local community can come together through a love of gardening in an inclusive environment.”

 

The garden is being created on the western side of the library in London Road. The aim is to provide an inclusive environment for people of all abilities to enjoy and relax in.

 

It will also host activities by the library for children, such as rhyme time, and for people living with dementia.

 

“The garden has been a long time in the planning but we have finally started to make real progress over the last month.

 

“It has been quite a journey so far from being an under-used and neglected space to it being transformed into a hive of activity,” said Lisa.

 

Southern Water workers were the first volunteers as part of the company’s on-going support for the trust. It has also given a donation for the garden and its employees had the honour of breaking the first ground for the garden in June.

 

Artists from the trust’s creative arts studio in Aldwick Road have also been hard at work creating a beautiful mural with a garden literary theme.

 

They have devised a giant bookcase and included characters from Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland.

 

Lisa said:

 

“It is absolutely amazing and attracting many lovely comments from visitors at the library.”

 

Peter Spencer, one of those supported by the trust, has helped the project with an artist’s impression of the finished garden.

 

The wood recycling team at the trust’s Aldingbourne Country Centre is making seating areas for the garden. Wheelchair accessible raised beds are also being installed to enable physically disabled people to join in with the gardening.

 

The team’s neighbours at the country centre, the earthworks team, is putting together a peacock mosaic for the secret sensory garden on the plot.

 

Lisa said:

 

“This will look absolutely fabulous and be the crown in the jewel of our sensory garden. Here we will have lots of different plants that have different textures, smells and shapes.”

 

Also welcomed to the project have been some of those who live in the trust’s supported accommodation in York Road. They have been working hard on the graffiti logo as a symbol of the garden.

 

Anyone interested in taking part in the Saturday sessions should email: lisap@aldingbourne.org or phone: 07793 244127.

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