Transitioning to a Hastings Garden Town
Since 2015, Transition Town Hastings (TTH) has been working to transform the green space around Warrior Square Station, with the support of South Eastern Rail. The resulting garden is now a real source of local pride and a successful example of Transition Network UK’s aim to transition to more biodiverse, self-sufficient, zero-carbon communities.
While the Warrior Square Station community garden continues to grow, it does need more visibility within the local community. Passers-by are always complimentary but forever asking who’s responsible. To help better communicate who TTH are, what they do and why, the group will be using the first of two national Transition Network’s Bounce Forward grants to pay for the installation of a community noticeboard. As well as raising awareness of the garden, it will promote the gardening sessions to potential volunteers and advertise other town-wide activities which promote more sustainable living locally.
In the spirit of supporting a circular economy – an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources – TTH’s second successful Bounce Forward grant is going to help them initiate a brand-new-to-town event – a Jumble Trail. Like its name suggests, a Jumble Trail is a community-based, neighbourhood-led jumble sale where a ‘treasure map’ helps local residents buy, sell or trade their pre-loved stuff in the convenient location of their own front garden. The first Jumble Trail will hopefully take place as a prelude to the flagship event, Sustainability on Sea 2021, next autumn.
There is also a much bigger transition in the pipeline, an ambitious proposal to transform Hastings into a Garden Town. This is a proposal being included in the £25m Town Deal submitted to central government at the end of January.
However, since the Town Deal projects won’t kick-off until 2022, Transition Town Hastings plan to plant two small showcase sites with wildflower seeds this spring and use the sites to host taster activities and events.
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