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New self-sustainable community gardens project in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 11:31 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:32 02 June 2015

Keith Collin

Keith Collin


A green-fingered group of Worthing-based volunteers have created a new eco-green community gardens project that is entirely self-sustainable.

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‘Sustainable Sussex’, led by founder and project leader, Keith Collin, aims to provide education, employment and sense of purpose to people within the locality who may have had difficulties accessing the workplace.

Keith said of his new initiative: “Working in partnership with local community organisations and schemes is key to our success. We’re reaching out to local people that would not have heard of us, like ‘The Community House’ Worthing Homes project who work with adults and children from deprived backgrounds, and Aldingbourne Trusts’ WorkAid who empower people with disabilities.”

South Downs Leisure have provided Keith and his volunteers with valuable green-space which has been transformed by the group. Flowers, shrubs and herbs have been added, creating a ‘cottage kitchen garden’ that partly-provides salads, vegetables and herbs for the Leisure Centre café and Field Place.

Growing fresh, healthy produce is not the only green initiative. Aiming for complete self-sustainability, all resources are cleverly utilised. Keith said: “We are building poly tunnels and irrigation systems from materials donated and ‘up-cycled’ from the locality and are planning a huge rainwater harvesting project too.”

Just like Keith’s veg and plants, the gang’s plans are growing. New sites are needed for his chilli-growing project, cultivating 650 chilli plants with the aim of working with Field Place, producing a range of chilli jams and sauces.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact Keith Colin on 07598411428 or visit www.facebook.com/sustainablesussex or follow them on Twitter @SustSussex. You can also see more information at Worthing Leisure Centre or visit www.southdownsleisure.co.uk


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