New community garden will become social hub for Eastwood residents

A new community garden is set to help cheer up Eastwood residents after lockdown and celebrate the lives of people who have gone above and beyond for the town.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:54 am
The garden will be transformed into a commemorative community hub.

Eastwood community group Chapter and Verse, local youth workers and young people are working together on transforming a plot of disused land into a green haven for residents to enjoy.

The garden, in front of the Eastwood Young People’s Centre at the top of Derby Road, will be a community hub for people of all ages.

Volunteers will help regenerate the plot, which was previously overgrown, and members of various youth groups will also be mucking in to help make the plans a reality.

Project co-ordinator Brian Fretwell, of Chapter and Verse, said: “People will be able to come and sit and read and enjoy themselves in the garden.

“Hopefully there will be a coffee machine, so people can have a drink and catch up with mates.

“We think this will also help local people with dementia, especially after lockdown.

“I’ve spoken to some people that have only been out once or twice in a year so it’ll be good for them.”

Potential ideas for the garden include a sensory area, a raised flower bed, a barbecue and benches to commemorate community figures from over the years, including well-loved former councillor Keith Longdon.

Brian explained “A lot of people in this area have done a lot for the town.

“This will commemorate the people of Eastwood over the last 50 years who have put in an extreme amount of work.

“There’s quite a lot of people who have done loads for the town but it’s not very known about – people born and bred in Eastwood that have done fantastic work. These people should be remembered.”

The work is expected to cost around £6,000 and project co-ordinators Brian and youth club leader Paul Ashby are now waiting to hear how much funding they have received from Broxtowe Borough Council, as well as funding from the Government, before moving full steam ahead.

Paul added: “There are a lot of people in the community that don’t even know the centre is here. We want to do as much as possible to make it a nice place for older and younger people to come to and enjoy.”