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Issued: June 8, 2016
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Parish council garden area officially opened

The garden area in front of the parade of shops in High Road, North Weald, has been officially opened by Epping Forest District Council chairman councillor Jeane Lea.

The idea for the garden, which has transformed an area of land into floral beds, came from North Weald Bassett parish councillor and vice-chairman Alan Buckley.

He said: "This area is the focal point of the village and we wanted to make it attractive. It is now far more pleasing on the eye for residents and passers-by."

A group of six volunteers helped plant the area with some 200 plants and four local businesses - GreenAcres Woodland Burials, Davis Homes estate agents, Stuart Poulton, The Family Funeral Director; and Cinnamon Indian Restaurant - are sponsoring the initiative.

Their support will cover the cost of maintaining the area for the first year.

Mr Buckley added: "It's the busiest part of the village and the garden has certainly brightened up and tidied up that part of the parish."

District council chairman Jeane Lea, who cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, said: "I think it's very nice and it's brilliant that the community is working together, with the parish council and local businesses coming together, to brighten up the area."
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