project completed at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens
project to restore Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has officially
finished this week - seven years after a huge Lottery funding windfall.
in 2010, we reported that the restoration of Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens had won £344,000 of lottery funding.
of restoration has taken place over the years, with the shelters
restored to their former glory, plus stonework upgraded and benches
replaced, and a programme of outdoor events held.
Cove's part-time community gardener, Jacqui Strong, has seen her
term in the role come to an end this week.
Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun says the gardens
will continue to be maintained by the authority and events will
be held by the Friends of Marine Cove group.
explained: "In 2010 Sedgemoor District Council, along with
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and Viridor, received £344,000
from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore Marine Cove Gardens. The
funding also allowed for a part-time community gardener."
funding was used up by December 2016 on the projects over the past
six years. During
that time, a lively volunteer group has been built up who, like
the Friends of Apex Park, are very active in organising events."
District Council will continue to liaise and head up the volunteer
group as it has been doing for the past year and the group will
decide the schedule of events. Clean
Surroundings will also continue to maintain the gardens. We wish
Jacqui well in the future."
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time
with Sedgemoor District Council working on the Marine Cove project
and more recently projects around Health and Wellbeing."
admire all the volunteers dedication and enthusiasm with many hours
of giving to a lovely garden. I would also like to thank the many
supporters through events, schools, community groups and projects
we have been involved with."
have a lovely community and I am still going to be very much involved,
I am running the last gardening session this Saturday 4th November
from 10am-12 mid-day and it would be lovely to see some of our supporters."