New garden for Rye community

Plans for a new community garden in Rye took a step forward recently when the Rye Community Food and Wildlife Garden group signed a licence to occupy part of the Love Lane allotment site.

Rye’s two allotment sites were leased by Rother District Council last year to the Rye Amenity Community Interest Company.

Since then the CIC, managed by Rye councillors Ian Potter, Michael Boyd and Sean Rogers, has sought to reduce the running costs and maximise the community value.

We see this as a very positive step in our goal to bring the unproductive parts of the allotments in to use in a way that has benefits to the community” advised Michael Boyd.

Charity trustee Pip Al-Khafaji said: “The idea is that the garden would be available to all Rye residents to come and enjoy, work in and harvest and we are especially hoping that families with young children will get involved.

“There is no commitment as to hours spent there: we’ve adopted a very relaxed approach in the expectation that this will encourage a broad spectrum of interest across Rye.

“Many people would love to be able to ‘grow their own’ but we know one of the difficulties of signing up to a proper allotment is the sheer amount of time that has to be spent on running even a small plot – this way, anyone participating gets all the pleasure with very little individual pain.”

If you would like to find out more or want to offer help you can email or phone 07925 745405.