Wasteland in Broadwater restored thanks to community

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A WASTE area in Broadwater has been brought back to life for people and wildlife, thanks to a bumper crop of volunteers.

Hillie Cook, who started the Cortis Avenue wildlife garden sanctuary project, said the work of volunteers had helped transform the area and provided a vital boost for the area and wildlife.

She said: “Community gardens exist mainly in urban areas – created in response to a lack of access to green space, combined with a desire to encourage strong community relationships and an awareness of gardening and growing.”

Tim Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham MP, attended the most recent clear-up and praised the work of the volunteers. He said: ‘It’s brought the community together”.

Two film companies were on hand. Director James Lane of new Worthing-based Arc Film Network chose the Cortis Avenue wildlife garden sanctuary for its inaugural documentary, which will be broadcast later this year.

Transition Town Worthing (TTW) also filmed the day for a series of online films to explore rebuilding communities with active community participation.

Producer Steve Last said: “There was a great feeling on the day, a real hands-on community project.”

The film can be viewed by visiting http://youtu.be/WSeQTSq_FXo

Work in the garden happens every month, and Rabbit Skips have agreed to remove rubbish from the site.

Hillie is looking for sponsorship and donations of wheelbarrows, tools and plants. For more information, call 07901 751 200, email cortisavewildlife@gmail.com or see Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden Sanctuary on www.facebook.com