Marine Cove community gardener thanked as project ends
community gardener has been thanked by the team that run Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens this week as the project came to an end.
reported here, the £344,000 restoration project came to
an end this week as the funding ran out after a seven-year programme
of work and events.
Saturday (November 4th), Marine Cove's part-time community gardener,
Jacqui Strong, held her final gardening session in the seafront
gardens, where she was thanked by members of the Friends of Marine
Cove, as pictured here.
are very grateful to Jacqui for all her work over the years, helping
to make this a superb and we look forward to continuing to maintaining
the gardens for the benefit of the town with Sedgemoor District
Council," said a spokesperson.
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.
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun says the gardens will continue
to be maintained by the authority and events will also 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. We
have a lovely community and I am still going to be very much involved."