Community pocket park project wins a South East in Bloom award

Hastings Pocket Park SUS-160310-105702001
Hastings Pocket Park SUS-160310-105702001

A derelict piece of land near Ore railway station is being transformed by volunteers into a family friendly pocket park.

Now the project has been recognised by the South East in Bloom Awards

Suzanne Horgan, who is involved in helping to create the park, said: “I am part of the team at the Pocket Park, Hughenden Road. A community park run entirely with volunteers.

“We have just won an award from the South East in Bloom award in the ‘It’s my Neighbourhood’ category. Level 5 Outstanding.

“Due to our success, we were asked to turn a piece of derelict land near Ore station into a community pocket park.

“Though this project is still in its infancy stage, we won an award Level 1 Establishing.

“Planning permission has been granted, fund raising continues and we are getting the community involved. It is very exciting.

“As you can imagine we are delighted with the recognition of our hard work and dedication.

“We were the only winners in Hastings. I have come away determined to increase this and get Hastings on the map with South East in Bloom. It is great for local communities and the town.”

For more on Hughenden Pocket Park visit its Facebook page.

During the summer the park hosted a variety of activities and craft sessions for youngsters, including a Very Hungry Caterpillar trail.

The park is run and maintained entirely by volunteers.

Children under 16 who visit must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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