Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has teamed up with Tandridge Trust and Burstow Parish Council to bring local Smallfield residents a community art garden.
Haskins’ Snowhill centre supported the community project by supplying the trees, plants, paving chippings and provided ongoing advice throughout the build of the garden. Known as ‘Vitamin G,’ this community initiative has been designed as a calm place to support the health and wellbeing of the residents of Smallfield.
The garden was built and planted by local residents and volunteers, as well as pupils and staff at Burstow Primary School. It is full of scent and colour, intended for all ages to enjoy. As the garden matures, the sculptures and plants will offer shade in the summer sun, casting shadows in the sensory environment.
There are hand-made benches, each of which are dedicated to a member of the local community. The garden also has bug houses to provide shelter for bees and mini-beasts. Residents have designed and built insect towers and planted obelisks to provide a firm growing frame for climbing plants.
Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centre, commented: “It was a pleasure for Haskins to be involved in the build of Smallfield’s Vitamin G Community Art Garden. As well as donating our time and resources, our staff enjoyed getting stuck in with such a rewarding initiative.”
Becci Kenning, artistic project manager for the initiative, commented: “The community spirit behind this project was truly remarkable. I’m so proud of how the garden has turned out and look forward to seeing it develop into a space used and loved by Smallfield residents.
“I’m so grateful to Haskins in Snowhill for all their support. The staff were so helpful, helping me every step along the way in choosing which plants to use.”
Jeannie Ryan, clerk to Burstow Parish Council, commented: “The Parish Council is delighted to have been able to start this project off. Without the support of our local businesses and hard-working residents, this would never have been possible. Now we have a fantastic community space and the start of a Community Gardening Club.”
Vitamin G has been in development since March and is now officially open to the public, open every day. The garden can be found in Wheelers Lane, Smallfield.
Pictured above – (L-R): Darren Thomas, Project Builder and Master Craftsman, Hayley Bull, Development Manager at Tandridge Trust, Jeannie Ryan, Clerk to Burstow Parish Council, David Lilly, General Manager of Haskins’ Snowhill, Becci Kenning, Artistic Project Manager for Vitamin G, Ray Holdsworth, Burstow Parish Council Chairman.