Residents thank Hanover for garden oasis
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Health
Local residents from Brighton’s Kemp Town area thought that the World Cup started early today as they were greeted by the vibrant sounds and unmistakable beat of a samba band performance during the official opening of Patching Lodge’s new garden.
Officially opened by HRH, Duke of Gloucester in 2009, Patching Lodge is an extra care housing development owned and managed by Hanover Housing Association in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council.
The stunning £13.6 Million development benefitted from grant funding from the Department of Health, Homes and Communities Agency and Brighton and Hove Council.
Dozens of residents were joined by Hanover staff and local dignitaries as the Deputy Mayor of Brighton, Councilor Denise Cobb, planted a magnolia bush and a time capsule to mark the occasion.
Hanover resident, 96-year-old Margaret Clark, said: “I am no Charlie Dimmock but every now and again I really enjoy planting and cultivating some freshly grown vegetables.”
The new landscape garden is located within the grounds of Patching Lodge on the corner of Eastern Road and Freshfield Road.
The beauty spot boasts a vast array of plants, trees and raised flower beds which can be accessed via a new ramp to the pathways. There is also a pergola where residents and visitors can sit and enjoy the ambience of the garden.
April Dobson, Regional Housing Manager for Hanover, said: “It’s great to see such a fantastic turnout today.
“The new garden will not only enrich the lives of Patching Lodge residents but is also a fabulous visual addition to the Kemp Town area on this prominent corner.”