Issued: August 20, 2016
PICTURES: Pictures of the Market Garden area during and after the work can be viewed and downloaded HERE
Market Garden area tranformed into community herb garden
Volunteers from the Epping in Bloom group have set about creating a community herb garden at the Market Garden area near the Marks and Spencer store.
Loose concrete and bricks were among the items removed from the area yesterday as the work got underway.
A gravel-filled membrane has been laid with raised floral beds - including a sensory pick-your-own herb bed - installed.
A central top feature of the display will see a bay tree while the area will see rosemary, thyme and sage plants.
It is intended that several benches will be placed near the bed at a later date.
Epping in Bloom chairman Victoria Robertson said: "I would like to give a very big thank you to the Epping in Bloom team and all the councillors and residents that gave us a helping hand to begin the Market Garden transformation.
"We had a brilliant response from passers-by who donated money and plants and a big thank you must go to M&S for providing us with drinks and snacks.
"There are lots more creative and exciting new planting areas to come along with the pathway and seating so that everyone can enjoy the garden."
The volunteers were joined by Epping Town Mayor councillor Les Burrows and his wife, Carol, Deputy Town Mayor councillor Tony Church, town councillors Barbara Scruton, Michael Wright and Daniel Spillman and Town Clerk Beverley Rumsey.
Town Mayor Les Burrows said: "The town council would like to thank the Epping in Bloom group for coming forward with the idea of transforming the Market Garden area, which has become an eyesore.
"It is alongside a well-used path between the car parks and the High Street and it will great when it is tidied up and flourishing with herbs and other plants."
The Epping in Bloom group is appealing for sponsors to help cover the cost of the work.
All sponsors will be recognised on a plaque at the community garden.