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Local councillor spearheads Sidcup gardening project

PUBLISHED: 09:08 12 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:08 12 June 2015

The garden

The garden

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Rob Leitch is calling on volunteers to help him transform one of the area’s hidden treasures

Rob LeitchRob Leitch

A local councillor has launched a community action project - called The Sidcup Garden Project - to restore a Sidcup gardening treasure to its former glory.

Rob Leitch, Councillor for Sidcup Ward, is hoping to build a team of volunteers to take ownership of the maintenance and upkeep of the Sidcup Place rose garden.

Once a hidden gem in the area, the beautiful garden has lost some of its appeal due to reductions in grounds maintenance. Cllr Leitch is hoping that interested individuals will be joined by local businesses, charities, schools and community groups to get the project off the ground over the next couple of months.

Launching the initiative, Cllr Leitch said; “I remember being taken to the walled garden at Sidcup Place by my grandmother when I was young. The garden used to be beautifully maintained and a place of peace and tranquillity.

“We now have a choice – we can either see it fall into disuse and neglect or we can come together as a community and restore pride to this Sidcup gem so that future generations can enjoy the area. I have already had a number of volunteers sign up and would welcome interest from experienced gardeners as well as novices like myself. Let’s restore this garden as a community, for the community.”

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