Fencing business helps Haywards Heath garden trust

Nigel Allyson-Ryan at Grove Garden Trust community garden, where the gate has been vandalised. Pic Steve Robards SUS-141112-124854001
Nigel Allyson-Ryan at Grove Garden Trust community garden, where the gate has been vandalised. Pic Steve Robards SUS-141112-124854001

A fencing business has stepped in to help after vandals targeted a garden for the elderly.

Nigel Allyson-Ryan, trustee of the Grove Garden Trust, contacted the Middy after the gate to the Haywards Heath community garden was kicked off its hinges.

Now business Richard Miller Fencing Ltd has come to the rescue after Mr AllysonRyan was forced to patrol the entrance way on a daily basis.

Richard Miller said it was his ‘contribution to the charity’.

“When I read the story in the Middy, I just felt I had to do something,” he said.

“A garden for the community sounds like such a great project, I had to step in to see what we could do.

“Despite being a busy time approaching Christmas, when we spoke to Nigel he was worried about the garden being unsafe and exposed over the next few weeks so we just adjusted our work schedule and got down there!”

Mr Allyson-Ryan said he can’t thank Richard enough.

“It seems we both share an interest in the wellbeing of our local community, which is why Richard went the extra mile and was able to mend the gate at a really busy time,” he said.

“Now we can get back to planning the next stage of fundraising to get the project back on track.”

Mr Allyson Ryan has spent the last 18 months trying to raise funds to turn the garden into an ‘oasis of art and culture’.The garden was left to the community by Joyce Grove, a drama teacher and philanthropist.