Marine Gardens Volunteers

Released: Monday, 23 November 2020

One of Worthing's once hidden gems is continuing to be a local treasure thanks to a helping hand from green-fingered volunteers.

Situated on the seafront, Marine Gardens is a park with plenty to offer to locals and visitors - from a round on the 18 hole putting green to a bite to eat in the restaurant.

However, since the launch of the Friends of Marine Gardens Group in January 2019, it's the beauty of the planting and greenery that's taken centre stage in the seaside-based gardens.

Thanks to the support of the group, Worthing Borough Council's parks team have been able to secure Marine Gardens' Green Flag Award for the third year running.

Working closely with Head Ranger Anthony Read, the group's ten members strive to improve and conserve the historic 1930s garden. Activities range from litter picking to assisting in providing a colourful and well maintained haven for all to enjoy.

Like many green spaces in Adur and Worthing, the gardens have become even more valuable during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Phil Jones, member of the Friends of Marine Gardens group, said:

“Following the end of the first national lockdown, Marine Gardens was to many, particularly the older generation, their first escape from their four walls at home. Many commented what a blessing the gardens have been for them.

“It's so rewarding to volunteers when members of the public go out of their way and say thank you, and we're delighted to be in a position to give a little back to the community.”

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said:

“Community groups such as Friends of Marine Gardens are so important in maintaining the high quality of our vital green spaces which, we have especially seen this year, play a vital role in aiding the health and wellbeing of residents.

“Working in partnership with the council, their volunteers have continued to care for the public gardens with skill, enthusiasm and dedication - and their efforts are not going unnoticed by the surrounding community.”

Photo: The group's activities include assisting in providing a colourful and well maintained haven for all to enjoy

PR20-151 - The group's activities include assisting in providing a colourful and well maintained haven for all to enjoy

Photo: Members such as Pam Baldwin have recently been planting woodland bulbs in the gardens

#PR20-151 - Members such as Pam Baldwin have recently been planting woodland bulbs in the gardens

Photo: Worthing's Marine Gardens has secured its Green Flag status for the third year running

PR20-151 - Worthing's Marine Gardens has secured its Green Flag status for the third year running

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