Eastbourne Meads Village allotments Queen’s Green Canopy planting

Cherry tree planting at Meads Village allotments

John Smith JP DL planting a cherry tree at Meads Village allotments

Meads Village allotments Eastbourne July 2022

Councillor Jane Lamb; John Smith JP DL; Councillor Robert Smart; Dennis Scard, Chairman of the MVA CIC.
Photographer: Caroline Flynn-MacLeod
Meads Village allotments Eastbourne July 2022















The Meads Village allotments in Eastbourne ran an open day on 2 July where Deputy Lieutenant John Smith JP planted a cherry tree to contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy and celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

The site has an interesting recent history because when the allotments by their cottages were put up for auction, residents in Eastbourne’s Meads Village banded together to buy the land. The community there is flourishing and the land is protected, allowing them to grow food and flowers.

John Smith JP DL said ‘I am keen to pay tribute to the work of the Meads Community Association, our Meads Councillors and all who supported the creation of the Community Interest Company in 2019.  It was a huge effort to set this up, and to purchase the freehold – a great example of how we can pull together and safeguard the future of this beautiful and unique spot.

You will also be aware of Her Majesty’s deep interest in trees and her encouragement to us all to plant a tree for the Jubilee. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, to plant this cherry tree to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.’

To learn more about the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative and how you can take part please see our main QGC page. The project encourages everyone to plant a jubilee tree and upload a photo to the national map where everyone’s trees are recorded.

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