This year the Hale Community Centre’s “Get Growing@the Bungalow” Project achieved its first award from It’s Your Neighbourhood; the South & South East in Blooms’ major community participation programme, run on behalf of the RHS Britain in Bloom Campaigns.

Hale Community Centre (formerly Sandy Hill Community Bungalow) has received £10,000 over the last two years from the People’s Health Trust to create a community garden. Bloom Award 2018The garden just outside the Centre’s main entrance now has an established fruit and vegetable garden where groups involved in the project have been able to share their experience and knowledge to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables; tomatoes, beans, beetroot, salad vegetables, etc.

It’s Your Neighbourhood, part of the wider RHS Britain in Bloom initiative, uses benchmarking levels to recognise and applaud the achievements of the participants as well as to provide feedback and guidance for the future.

John Ely, on behalf of the Hale Community Centre attended this year’s South East in Bloom Awards 2018  at the Amex Stadium, Brighton on the 14th September to receive the “Advancing” Award from Joe Talbot of BBC Surrey & Sussex and John Negus of BBC Surrey & Sussex’ Radio Dig It programme (photo).

Cathy Burroughs, Manager of the Hale Community Centre congratulated everyone involved in the “Get Growing@the Bungalow” Project on achieving this award, and thanked the dedicated gardeners and volunteers for all their hard work over the last two years.