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Call for local volunteers

Linda Pearson and Ross Andrews-Clifford of the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group with the new campaign banner

Linda Pearson and Ross Andrews-Clifford of the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group with the new campaign banner

A LOCAL group is urging volunteers to get involved with its ambitious plan to transform a dilapidated greenhouse in Alexandra Park into a great community resource.

The Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group has launched a campaign to save the 1920s greenhouse and are calling on people to donate their time and money to help restore the structure to the benefit of the whole community.

An offshoot of Friends of Alexandra Park, the group has been busy clearing the site and now needs all hands on deck.

Linda Pearson, of the The Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group, said: “We are desperately trying to recruit new volunteers and then we could look at applying for funding. If we are able to restore it it would be used for local people as a community space and garden, schools could come here to plant and it would be a wonderful addition to the park. It would be just wonderful to be able to offer a place where people could have the opportunity to learn and understand about how to grow their own food.”

A lot of work needs doing and the cost of fully restoring the greenhouse could be as much as £190,000 so the group is also keen to employ skilled volunteers such as builders and carpenters.

The glasshouse was built in the 1920s and was last in use as the Mini Floral Hall, which closed as a visitors’ attraction in the early 1990s. Inside the structure is a statue of Prince Albert, which is from the Albert Memorial Clock Tower that once stood in Hastings town centre.

The Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group is holding a plant sale this Sunday (May 25) and on June 14 and is calling on local residents to donate their plants and cuttings so that they can be potted and sold on. For more information on how to volunteer, please call 01424 442 790 or email alexandraparkgg@yahoo.com.

 

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