A street party lunch, community fete and a 1950’s themed fancy dress competition were some of the attractions on offer at the grand opening of a new community garden honouring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday (2 June).
Residents from the Lillington and Longmoore estates which is managed by CityWest Homes were invited to bring along some food and join in the national ‘Big Lunch’ celebration from noon before the garden was opened by the Duchess of Norfolk, Georgina
Fitzalan-Howard. Other guests attending included the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Richardson, Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Jonathan Glanz and local Ward Councillors.
Over 250 residents also got to enjoy a fete with stalls, games and a number of competitions, including 1950’s fancy dress.
The Duchess of Norfolk said: “As a passionate gardener myself, I applaud the creation of any new garden. I was extremely pleased to accept the invitation to open and support this very special garden, which is an excellent example of a successful community project.”
Alan Seymour, the local resident behind the creation of the garden said: “The opening of the Jubilee Garden sixty years to the day of Her Majesty's coronation in 1953 is a fitting way to celebrate that momentous event.
“It also acknowledges the great service that Her Majesty has given to this country over the past six decades. The garden demonstrates how the community can work together to achieve something which will not only benefit the area, but will also be enjoyed by residents for many years to come”.
“We have had a fantastic day today and it has been wonderful to see the community coming together and getting to know each other a little better as well as seeing people really enjoying themselves.”
The garden was created on a small unused patch of land and was funded by £15,000 which came from the Tachbrook Councillors’ Ward Budget.
The local Ward Councillors (Councillor Bradley, Councillor Evans and Councillor Harvey) supported the event, as did CityWest Homes, St James the Less Church, LALGRA, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens Residents’ Association and the south Area Management Committee.
Well done to our team for organising such a fantastic event, especially James Myers, senior gardener, Maria Gillies, head of CityWest Direct south, the south teams and David Larkin, south resident relations team.