The Seaford Community Partnership
The Seaford Community Partnership has existed since 2004 and aims to make Seaford a better place to live, work, and relax. It is an umbrella organisation, including groups such as Trees for Seaford. SCP has been much involved in the sensitive enhancement of the seafront: planting a Tamarisk hedge at Splash Point (to screen the pumping station) and creating a beach garden adjacent to Hardwick House. It was also responsible for the Shoal Project which is a community seat at Splash Point.
The Beach Garden was designed by a professional but built and maintained by volunteers. There is a wide range of flowers and bushes, some planted and some self-seeded vegetated shingle plants.
The Beach seen from the road.
The Community Partnership is one of the eight organisations that have contributed to the National Lottery Climate Change Bid. This bid, put forward by The South Downs National Park Trust, has five main projects within Seaford.
The five projects are:
- To enhance the biodiversity of Tide Mills, the Lower Ouse Estuary and Bishopstone Valley
- Enhance Local Green Spaces by creating for each a “Friends of Local Green Space”
- Creating a Beach Garden as well creating a circular health walk at the Splash Point end of the seafront
- Help Trees for Seaford green the streets of Seaford by planting more trees, creating green corridors and wild flower verges
- Improve cycle and pedestrian connectivity, to the National Park hinterland
All these projects are in various stages of developments: identifying volunteers to participate in each project; scoping the work to be covered; and initiating further development work.
The current “development bid” totals £150,000 and includes the cost of two part-time posts to work up the detail of a further substantial bid (probably exceeding £1 million)
The Lottery’s decision on the bid is expected shortly. We are optimistic that the bid will be successful.