MP opens new Friary Gardeners facilities

Hastings MP Amber Rudd with John Cosson opening a new building at Friary Gardeners, Hastings
Hastings MP Amber Rudd with John Cosson opening a new building at Friary Gardeners, Hastings

A CHARITY which works with disabled people had its new facilities officially opened by the town’s MP Amber Rudd recently.

Friary Gardeners, based at Ore Place Farm, off The Ridge, now has a new kitchen, classroom and specially adapted toilet facilities for its disabled users.

The new facilities were built after the charity applied for money and won a £420,000 grant in March last year from the Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

Ms Rudd said: “I am a huge supporter of the Parchment Trust and the Friary Gardeners site and am delighted to have played my part helping to raise the funds to create this new classroom and changing facilities. Well done to everyone involved.”

Friary Gardeners, which is part of the Parchment Trust charity, offers horticultural training and greater independence to people with disabilities through the raising of plants from seed, growing flowers and vegetables, the sale of plants and produce to the public, and providing gardening services to the community, such as the elderly and/or disabled.

Andrew Phillips, chief executive of Parchment Trust, said Friday’s opening went ‘extremely well’ and the town’s Mayor, Kim Forward, together with Ms Rudd cut the ribbon.