From blooming awful to blooming brilliant

The Fishersgate planters all spruced up and looking good
The Fishersgate planters all spruced up and looking good

FOR many years, a number of planters in Fishersgate, fabricated from old railway sleepers, have languished with an air of neglected abandonment.

Only a handful have been cared for by concerned residents, the rest being left.

Old Mill Close planters in June

Old Mill Close planters in June

But in the last few weeks a transformation has taken place, thanks to David Donaldson, Adur district councillor for Eastbrook.

“All of the planters, more than 20 of them, have been repaired and replanted with a variety of flowering evergreens,” he explained.

The forlorn sight of the planters had bugged Mr Donaldson for many years.

Then, earlier this year, with the strong support of fellow Eastbrook councillor Jim Funnell, he approached the Adur Consultative Forum, a residents’ association.

He made the largest request for funding they had ever received, in order to refurbish the planters.

Mr Donaldson said: “The forum readily agreed. The work commenced in early October and was completed within two weeks. The pictures completes the story.”

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