The plan is to create a place for people to sit and reflect on family members and fishermen lost at sea as well a place to relax and be at peace. There will be a biodiversity enhancing plants commemoration which will provide wildlife interest in the garden along with the dedicating of trees or other plants to those buried in the Old Burial Ground in Newhaven or lost at sea. The seat will be made by a local joiner with inscriptions on seating or driftwood as a way to commemorate and inform on the history of Newhaven and the links to the Bow-Tows and fishing heritage. The village of Newhaven is of historical significance as it was a pivotal area for the fishing industry. By having a park, children will be able to learn the history of the local area.
Wildlife will thrive and we can enhance their life with insect hotels and bird tables and the young children that are living in flats can see wildlife and record what is happening in their area and this can be used in the local primary as well as reminiscing with older people who have memories to share and tales to tell. Storytelling can take place so tales of the sea can be revived.
The garden will provide a tranquil, peaceful atmosphere that everyone can enjoy as well as encouraging people to unite together as a community. A team of local people aged from 3 to 89 have been working preparing the garden and they will be delighted when there is somewhere to sit and some fruit trees to enhance the area as well as splendid colours that make the place come alive.
The garden will offer nurture to local residents, especially the people that are wanting to improve their wellbeing, locally there are a number of people with ill health and people that are frail can enjoy a seat outside with fresh fragrance from the flowers.
As there will be fruit trees, herbs and vegetables it will improve the diet of local people and herb planters around the railings will be accessible to those that find it difficult to tend plants. In the main area there will be a low maintenance plant selection including wild????flower meadow, and plants with pleasant fragrance, biodiversity value, or other sensory qualities
There will be more community engagement and a chance for people to sit together for a blether in an improved environment and cared for space, as well as opportunities for generations to share stories as they sit there and look at the wildlife that is attracted to the park and the community can utilise a space that is not being used and in disrepair.
Please donate to help us create the Newhaven Community Garden.
If the amount you wish to donate is not listed on this page then please visit the Donate to a park page, choose Park Fund and type Newhaven Community Garden in the Park field then type "newhaven community garden" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field.
You can now donate to the Newhaven Community Garden project by TEXT. Just text the project code (NEWH52) plus an amount to 70070 – for example: 'NEWH52 £5' to donate £5. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation please REPLY to the Gift Aid text.
On Thursday 3rd March we had a great team from Scottish Widows helping to beautify Newhaven and tackle the hard tasks along with Stan from Starbank Park with a wheelbarrow and rake and Ross from SSE Hydro and the invaluable Lucy who was able to help with all the trees and extra tools. Iain and Finbar also helped to plant crab apple trees!
A team cleared up the Harbour and removed all the moss, it is all spin and span and truly beautiful now! The area on the wynd to Park Road was all cleared and trees planted, just an amazing task that looks so fabulous now with new trees. The back area was also cleared a little and made tidy, we also moved the planter to disguise the grill in front of the shop and planted a tree and periwinkle and pansies.
Maples were planted behind the bus stop area in the car park just behind the main road and rowans were planted in the triangle at Willowbank Row, Willows and fruit trees were planted in the main garden along with marigolds, cornflowers and sunflowers.
We are hoping to be able to create some stepping stones so it is easier to walk in the garden without getting too muddy, a seat and hopefully some more vegetable planters as this will really make a difference so fingers crossed for some more funding in the Spring as the flowers begin to bloom. Please help us make this a reality by donating through this crowdfund page.
Updated on: 9th March 2016
What a wonderful original present make a donation that will last and bloom by contributing to the garden and the gift receiver can visit anytime and see how the garden grows.
It can be a small donation or whatever you think and we can send an email confirming the donation as a gift.
Updated on: 21st December 2015
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