Neglected Worthing garden to be overhauled

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A SMALL patch of neglected garden will be given an overhaul, thanks to the handover of a licence.

Worthing Borough Council has given Storm Ministries permission to manage the neglected gardens at Union Place.

The garden was once the entrance route to the now demolished police social club, but has not been maintained for many years.

The licence was handed over to Storm founder member Ginny Cassell by Clive Roberts, cabinet member for environment.

At the handover he said: “I am very pleased to be handing this licence to Ginny. It’s great to see that Worthing has people willing to volunteer their own time and resources to improve things for others, and this bit of land is greatly in need of their efforts.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the results.”

Storm Ministries is a registered charity and voluntary group which has been working in Worthing for the past 15 years, running children and young people’s clubs and training them in performing arts and the Christian faith. They run regular holiday clubs where children enjoy sport and outdoor activities alongside craft and performing arts.

Storm also has a group of dedicated gardeners – the “new growth garden team” who are already involved in one of the gardens connected with Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, and will now work alongside Worthing Council to overhaul the plot.

Ginny said: “Our initial connection with Worthing Council was through the work of Worthing Street Pastors, another voluntary group, which has been running in Worthing for the last couple of years.

“Many of the members of Storm’s Garden Team are also street pastors so you may see some of them out on the streets of Worthing until the early hours on Fridays and Saturdays, helping to make sure everyone gets home safely.”

Storm clubs currently run on Wednesdays in term time at Holy Trinity Hall in Gratwicke Road.