More than 100 residents found their way to the launch of the new ‘pop-up’ community garden last weekend as Whitehill & Bordon continues to blossom into an even healthier town.

The ‘Healthy Streets’ event, organised as part of East Hampshire District Council’s Healthy New Town programme, took place on Saturday (14 July) and launched the new community garden at the junction of Savile Crescent and Chalet Hill.

The event joined residents with local schools to help reclaim streets and spaces for pedestrians and cyclists while giving people the chance to learn about healthy and active lifestyles and create local growing spaces for the community to enjoy. 

The community gardens were planted by children from local schools – a number of which turned up at the event eager to show their family and friends what they have created. 

As part of a potential ‘wayfinding’ scheme, to help residents find their way around the town, the youngsters also designed colourful hexagon-shaped floor tiles that promoted healthy lifestyle messages to encourage more walking, cycling, healthy eating and mindfulness in the town. 

The tiles were exhibited as a small path beside the community garden and will be used to create links to the community gardens, allotments, the skatepark, Hogmoor/Bordon Inclosure and various other facilities around Whitehill & Bordon.

Richard Wolfströme, Wayfinding Designer, said: “Working with the community in Whitehill & Bordon was an absolute pleasure. 

“The process of collaborating with the pupils to create the wayfinding and narrative features was inspiring and one where we are reminded that it is our young people that often speak with the most wisdom.”

The event not only launched the new community garden, but also brought the town together to celebrate ‘being healthy’ – they enjoyed a community BBQ with healthy food and made smoothies on the ‘smoothie bike’.

Residents of Chalet Hill and Mill Chase Road had the opportunity to win a front garden makeover; people were able to nominate themselves, a friend or a neighbour who lives in the area as part of the competition. 

Councillor Leslie Webber, Mayor of Whitehill Town Council, said: “I think it’s a wonderful garden and it’s brilliant to have something for existing residents.

“It is lovely to see the hard work that children and local people have put into designing and planting this garden.”

Councillor Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “It’s fantastic that the local schools have got involved in this project.

“The event on Saturday brought together residents of all ages to celebrate being a really healthy and vibrant town – and it got everyone thinking about how we can make it even healthier.

“The garden is brilliant and I highly recommend going along and checking it out.”

The event was organised by East Hampshire District Council in partnership with urban design companies Urban Place Lab and Feria Urbanism with support from the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, Radian, Whitehill Town Council and Hampshire County Council.

Healthy New Town continues to grow as community garden is launched