Blooming marvellous garden reward for year’s hard work

The garden in Ore opened by the mayor
The garden in Ore opened by the mayor

A COMMUNITY garden has been unveiled in Ore after locals spent more than a year working hard to get it ready.

Green-fingered volunteers have been busy sprucing up the land next to the Ore Community Centre and last weekend the mayor of Hastings, Councillor Kim Forward, cut a ribbon on the revamped site.

The garden at the front of the centre now boasts large perennial flower beds, gazebos and picnic benches and the people behind the scheme hope it will be something the whole community will benefit from.

Mags Pawson, manager of the Ore Centre, was delighted with the outcome, saying: “People can’t believe how we have turned this derelict piece of ground into a beautiful quiet garden for all to enjoy.”

She also praised the hard work and dedication of the men and women who did all the hardscape construction for the garden. “They have been amazing,” she said, “and have returned week after week to get the project finished in time.”

Tony Howard, head gardener at Fairlight Hall, was behind the design. He said: “We wanted to build something that had the contrasts of shade and sunshine, formal and informal.

“The plants we have used are bee-friendly, maximising the benefit to wildlife and pollination for the fruit trees in the garden.

“We have also tried to keep the planting as simple and low-maintenance as possible and have labelled everything to help the public identify plants they enjoy.”

Funding for the project came entirely from public donations and a spokesman for Ore In Bloom, the group behind the garden, thanked everyone who gave so generously.