LANCING’S regeneration took another step forward when designs for a new-look Headborough Gardens were put to the parish council.
“A lot of people said Headborough needed something doing to it just to revive it because it was lovely, but over the years it has got a bit weedy and generally just needs a bit of TLC,” she said.
Fruit trees, a wild meadow area and a living willow shelter were among the new ideas put forward for the gardens.
Councillors reacted positively to the plans, which will now go before the full council for approval in January.
Ms Schilbach said she had no doubt the project could be completed within the £20,000 budget allocated by the parish council.
Resurfacing the paths, replacing the benches, and renewing the flower beds were also on the list of suggested improvements.
The designs, created by landscape architect David Pope, also included additional seating in the park’s central area and planting that would compliment the existing roses.
Another key feature of the designs was a community orchard, which Ms Schilbach said would be very commendable in terms of health and wellbeing, and a nod towards Lancing’s past as a market garden area.
“There is lots and lots of research demonstrating that investment in green open space, in particular, has such a positive impact on crime, anti-social behaviour, health and well-being, that on a wider scale, it saves taxpayers’ money, as well as creating safer neighbourhoods, increasing property value and, of course, the softer social repercussions and boosting the local economy,” said Ms Schilbach.
Speaking after the meeting, committee chairman John Hollington said: “The design concept is ideal.
“Lydia made a good presentation, and that was just one of the designs she thought might be appropriate.
“Headborough is looking a little tired, and this will encourage more people to visit when it’s done.”