Loxwood garden project blossoms

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Volunteers at Loxwood have transformed an overgrown piece of land into a public garden to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The stunning garden not only contains an attractive seating area for residents but also a communal herb and salad garden.

It is the third community area created by the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative, led by its chairman Graham Moore.

The latest project is being carried out on a neglected piece of parish council-owned land between Station Road and Willetts Way.

“We have a lease to use the land on a ten-year lease at no cost to us, Our parish council have been very supportive,” said Mr Moore.

“We have just completed phase one of this garden which measures about one quarter of an acre in size.

“This work has included a semi-circular sleeper wall which has created a backdrop to a stunning stone seating area incorporating a mahogany bench surrounded by two raised beds which we have started to plant up with herbs and salad crops which can be of use to local residents.”

The whole area has been fenced off with a post and rail fence with access through one entrance gate to ensure the area will be safe for young children.

The funds for this have been generated by the members of the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative as well as a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

“We have again been very fortunate to find a local landscaping company, Paul Swan Landscaping Ltd, which has very kindly donated time and expertise at a very reasonable cost to help with this project,” said Mr Moore.

“Paul and his team have produced a fantastic example of their workmanship.

“As well as Paul, we would like to thank two local companies who have been very generous towards us by supplying their goods at a very competitive rate: Covers Builders Merchants at Rudgwick, and AVS Fencing Supplies at Rudgwick. Without their help we would not have been able to complete this project.”

Phase two of the garden project will start when enough funds have been raised and the gardeners have their final plans in place.

However they would love to find somebody who would be in a position to donate a totem pole for the area.

“When you are passing Loxwood,” said Mr Moore, “ do drop in and have a look at what the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative has achieved. From an overgrown, neglected piece of waste land that was being used as a dumping area, we have now the start of a magnificent community garden for the benefit of the residents of Loxwood.”

The group, which was formed some four years ago after a village survey, are currently looking to increase their membership.

Anyone interested should contact Mr Moore on 01403 751722 or email ginamoore@btopenworld.com Details can also be found on www.lcgi.org.uk