Following on from the success of the community pop-up garden at Savile Crescent in Whitehill & Bordon, the project is now moving on to its second stage as East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) looks to create a legacy for the garden.

The garden was erected as part of EHDC’s Healthy New Town programme and a town-wide wayfinding scheme with an aim to make Chalet Hill a more attractive route for walking and cycling and to give residents a nice place to meet and socialise through the summer.

EHDC is working with Whitehill Town Council, landowners Radian and the Community Trust to keep up the maintenance of the garden, but are always looking for community support to help water these and would like to thank the residents for their hard work in looking after the garden over the summer.

Many elements of the garden will remain but the temporary hexagon-shaped floor tiles that included healthy lifestyle messages have now been removed.

The benches have also been removed temporarily, but only to be engraved with the names of the schools which helped to build the garden, and EHDC is looking at ways for the benches to be returned soon as a permanent feature.

The exhibition boards will be moved to the community garden on Budds Lane, outside the Mustangs Building, near the former Garrison Swimming Pool. 

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “The garden has been a great success and has gone down really well with the residents of Whitehill & Bordon.

“These changes will make sure there is a legacy for the community garden and will help it last as long as possible.

“We also hope that it has inspired residents to try something similar on any vacant green spaces across the town!”

Pop-up community garden a great success!