Rayleigh residents asked for views on new community garden

A group of volunteers seeking to establish a community garden at a Castle Point train station is seeking residents’ views on the scheme.

The Friends of Rayleigh Station has opened a survey on the Rayleigh Community Group Facebook page to help gather ideas, suggestions and feedback from local people.

Responses must be received by March 31 when the survey closes. The group will then assess the feedback and apply for funding to turn the project idea into a reality.

The station group is supported in their plans by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and train operator, Greater Anglia.

It is hoped that the new garden will be located on disused land adjacent to Rayleigh station.

Community Rail Officer, Catherine Gaywood, said, “The current need for social distancing and COVID-secure public spaces has highlighted the importance of communal outdoor space, so the idea of creating a garden at Rayleigh station is well-timed and would be a great asset to local people, providing a safe space for the community to come together and enjoy.”

The survey hopes to establish general support for the idea, as well as detail on how the community would like to see the garden develop – from the style of planting to the types of facilities that it should contain.

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s customer and community engagement manager, said, “The Friends of Rayleigh Station do a fantastic job and I am delighted to hear about their next ambitious plan to enhance the benefits that the station can bring to its community.

“I look forward to seeing the survey results and the ideas for what the garden will be like as the project develops.”

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