Bognor’s community gardeners call for more people power

(Left) Dug, of Dizzy Lizzy's, presents the newly-sharpened tools to the town's community gardeners
(Left) Dug, of Dizzy Lizzy's, presents the newly-sharpened tools to the town's community gardeners

‘Overwhelming’, that is how the town’s community gardeners described the recent support they have received.

Group member Kim Davis said: “We weren’t expecting it but... more of it please.”

It comes after a crowdfunder for the group smashed its £350 target and as Dizzy Lizzy’s Dug Parrish handed over a collection of tools, donated by the community, which he had serviced and sharpened.

Kim said: “I want to say thank you to Danny Dawes for setting up the crowdfunder and to Dug for sorting our tools, it is going to make so much difference to us.

“We have got new members coming forward too following the publicity. I am a bit overwhelmed by the response.

“The situation isn’t brilliant with this kind of thing, it is a tough time, things are underfunded, so we have to get out there ourselves.”

North Bersted-based Dug, a long-term supporter of the group, said he was delighted to have been able to help.

“It is about putting something back into the community,” he said.

“Sorting the tools took me two hours, a bit of electricity and sanding, while listening to my audiobook to do what could have cost them £160. I don’t mind it at all.”

Dug, who described himself as Dizzy Lizzy’s ‘managing director and tea boy’, set up the business after his mother died to utilise his background in engineering and mechanics, while having work which could fit around his health.

Things have been going from strength to strength, he said, something he attributed to working from his back garden and so being able to provide flexible service, in terms of hours, to fit around the company’s needs.

Describing the tools and funding as ‘fantastic’, Kim said what is needed next is people power: “I go past places all the time thinking I would put flowers all over there and do this there, we could have a really lovely town.”

A drop-in meeting is planned to allow people to find out more about Bognor Regis Community Gardeners at the Bognor Regis Town Hall council chamber, on April 26, from 2pm to 6pm.