The company working on a brand new bridge for Ebbsfleet Garden City has donated eight tonnes of soil for a new community garden.
The Enchanted Garden is being created by No Walls Gardens in Northfleet and is turning a neglected area at St Botolph’s Church back into an area for the community to use.
Now eight tonnes of top soil has been given to the group by Balfour Beatty which is building a bridge for Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, which will link Springhead Park to Ebbsfleet International.
It is already being put to good use with some landscaping work for decking which has just been laid.
Gary May, Director of No Walls Gardens, said: “The donation means we have been able to do some great landscaping work for our garden and it’s already looking good.
“Any soil that we have left over will be used at the numerous other sites we have across Northfleet to help us fulfil our vision of making our area a bright and beautiful place to be.”
Paul Wright, Balfour Beatty Project Manager, said: “The project team is delighted that our donation has been put to good use in the new community garden. We are really pleased to support this local charity and the great work they do.”
The new community garden boardwalk replicates the cross on top of the historic St Botolph’s. It will officially open this Saturday at 1pm with No Walls Gardens putting on music, stalls and food.
No Walls Gardens is a social enterprise specialising in community gardening projects. Qualified trainers teach gardening and landscaping skills to volunteers, who include ex-offenders, disabled people, long term unemployed and recovering addicts across all age ranges.
It is part of the Garden City’s Healthy New Towns Edible Ebbsfleet project where fruit and veg is grown in community gardens and planters in public to encourage healthier eating.
Its works has just been given an outstanding rating by the RHS South and South East in Bloom organisation for its work in the community.
The Garden City bridge will run from Springhead Park to Station Access Road, above the River Ebbsfleet.
The 87 metre-long structure will have access for all vehicles across two lanes as well as pedestrian footpaths and a cycle path.
Springhead Bridge will reduce travel times on foot from Springhead Park to the station from 25 minutes to just eight minutes and is set to open in 2020.
To see drone footage of work taking place at the bridge visit https://youtu.be/dhonphiGmQc