Boost for Tangmere garden and orchards

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VOLUNTEERS rolled up their sleeves and got green-fingered this weekend (May 4-5).

Residents got together to help improve Tangmere Community Gardens and Orchard, off Tangmere Road.

Sarah Harding, 12, with her sister Lucy;, seven and brother Alfie, five,planting a new tree in the Tangmere community orchard.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130621-3

Sarah Harding, 12, with her sister Lucy;, seven and brother Alfie, five,planting a new tree in the Tangmere community orchard.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130621-3

The orchard was planted in 2010 and the garden has been open for more than a year, but its only access has been a dirt track which became muddy and slippery in wet weather.

This caused problems for people with pushchairs and people with limited mobility.

There is also an ‘unsightly’ concrete platform which members of the Tangmere Action Group want to make suitable for community events.

Jayne Sansby, from the Tangmere, Boxgrove and Oving Community Action Project, said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with this project.

“Involving members of the community in the work will really engage local people with the gardens, while enhancing community cohesion. When the work is complete, wheelchair users, people with limited mobility and parents with pushchairs will be able to negotiate the ramp safely and the slab will be used for community days.”

The volunteer day was part of a £5,000 project, which also involves reinforcing the muddy track with ground tiles. Funding has come from the parish council, the district council, Sussex Community Foundation and the Veolia Environmental Trust.