Sidcup walled garden project off to successful start

The Sidcup Community Garden Project, a scheme to maintain the gardens at Sidcup Place following Bexley Council funding cuts, had a good turnout at its first hands-on event on Saturday 8th August.

Some of the 50 people who have signed up to the Sidcup Community Garden Project, assemble for the first gardening session on August 8th.

Some of the 50 people who have signed up to the Sidcup Community Garden Project, assemble for the first gardening session on August 8th.

Sidcup Ward Councillor Rob Leitch sets out the next steps:

– On Saturday 22nd August, we shall be having our second clearance day at the site. We are changing the start time slightly to 09.30hrs, finishing at 12.00hrs. At the end of this session, we should have the border beds cleared and the grass and verges under control, ready for stage two of the project.

– Stage two will involve the planting and maintenance of the border beds and this will have some input from those businesses who are supporting us. Once new planting goes in, we will divide our volunteers into groups, with each group allocated a plot each. Once this happens, we can then all carry out work flexibly – at times which suit us and our day-to-day lives.

– To confirm, we have secured storage at the old tennis hut and this came in very useful on Saturday morning.

– In addition to Ruxley Manor (x2) and MiddletonMurray, NJLewis surveyors and INDALO Property Services have also sponsored border beds at the garden.  There are also two volunteers who would like to sponsor border beds over the next year.

– A press release about Saturday’s action day has been sent to the News Shopper, so fingers crossed for some positive coverage!

– Finally, a big thank you to Lark in the Park and Paul Weston who were absolutely superb over the past week repairing and painting the fence – it was another great example of the community working together.

Lark in the park voluntyeers (in this case young people from Denmark) helped repair and paint one of  the fences.

Lark in the park volunteers (in this case young people from Denmark) helped repair and paint one of the fences.

A huge thanks once again for your ongoing support, hard work and encouragement. This project simply wouldn’t have started without your willingness to get involved and enhance our community.

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1 Response to Sidcup walled garden project off to successful start

  1. SUSY says:

    As frequent walkers around Sidcup Place accompanying our dog Tilly, we were overjoyed to see the walled garden looking fabulous.
    So much work has been done by the volunteers a big thank you to you all for your time and effort to making such a change.
    Kind Regards
    Susy , Rick Marsh and Tilly woof! woof!

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