Volunteers and councillors celebrate new-look Sidcup Place's walled gardens
PUBLISHED: 13:14 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:15 01 August 2016
A restoration project celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday
Sidcup Place’s walled garden has been transformed after a year’s combined efforts from volunteers, sponsors and local councillors.
On Saturday, locals celebrated the first anniversary of the Sidcup Community Garden Project, which has overseen the garden’s revival.
Set up by local Sidcup councillor, Rob Leitch, the project has seen a wealth of success in the past 12 months.
Since work began, all border beds have been replanted, the grass has been cut and all of the flower beds are now looked after.
Replanting has been possible due to fundraising efforts which has seen over £15,000 donated to the project from private businesses and through grant applications.
Heading into its second year, the project’s volunteers are planning to replant the garden’s central beds, while helping to promote the walled garden as a multi-use community space.
The space could be used by locals schools and the nearby Queen Mary’s Hospital.
Celebrating the first anniversary, Cllr Leitch and volunteers were joined by the Bexley’s mayor, Eileen Pallen.
The mayor formally re-opened the wall garden, before taking part in some planting herself.
Cllr Leitch said: “The enormous success of this garden project highlights what can be achieved when a community pulls together. Local volunteers and local businesses have joined forces to restore a once well-loved community space to its former glory.
“The project wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and commitment of local volunteers, who deserve praise and recognition for their efforts - it has been a remarkable first year!”