Swimbridge celebrates Lotto windfall

�50,000 Big Lottery grant gives the green light for long-awaited community garden project.

A �50,000 Big Lottery grant is about to make the vision of a community garden for Swimbridge a reality after years of planning and hard work.

The project will convert an under used part of the churchyard at St James Church into an attractive space alongside the stream in the heart of the village, allowing the whole community to enjoy the pleasant location and countryside views.

Community spaces are at a premium in Swimbridge and the garden project has been planned for years. Now the Swimbridge Church Parochial Church Council has just heard its bid for Lottery funding from the Community Spaces programme has been successful and work can begin.

Plans have already been drawn up, shared with the village and planning permission has been granted, with efforts underway to begin tidying of the site before the main work begins.

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The bid for grant funding had been a long process but there had been fantastic support from the community, said project leader David Netherway, including local County Councillor Richard Edgell and District Councillors David Butt and David Luggar providing a further �2,000.

“The Lottery award was fantastic news for the village church and community,” he said.

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“We have been working on this project for a very long time and getting this far has been a lot of work.

“But we are pleased that within a few more months we will be able to open what has for a long time been a fenced off area of the churchyard, transformed into a community garden for use by everyone.”

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