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Jackson helps local church complete Edible Garden Project

Jackson has been involved in a collaborative charity project to build a new edible garden at St Peter & St Paul’s Church Centre, Swanscombe.

The St Peter & St Paul’s Church Centre, a popular venue for local community clubs and charities, refurbished their courtyard area to help the popular food club and encourage local schools and charitable organisations to grow their own produce.

The Jackson team, currently undertaking works on the Woodford Viaduct for Connect Plus Services (CPS), undertook the paving works for the project which was sponsored by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC), local Church centre, Council and local landowner in Ebbsfleet Garden City, Henley Camland.

Jackson began the project by relocating existing sheds to repave the courtyard and install an outside tap before returning the sheds into a more suitable position. The project was built and funded by donations from Jackson, Balfour Beatty and EDC.

The new garden will also prove an excellent way of growing the ‘edible Ebbsfleet’ brand, whilst demonstrating the value that the Garden City can bring to existing communities through contributions from contractors.

The edible garden was officially opened in June by Community Building Manager at EDC, Paul Boughen, and Lesley Howes, Deputy Town Mayor for Swanscombe and Greenhithe.

Paul Boughen said: “It’s been great to work with the Edible Garden Partnership that has driven this project forward and our thanks to all of the organisations that have supported this project to regenerate this outside space.

“Edible Ebbsfleet is a project which aims to give more people access to healthy food and we know that this new space will be enjoyed by local people and the many groups that use the church centre.”

Daniel Chasen, Jackson Sub Agent said: “We were recommend to this project by our client [CPS] who had been approached by local councillors following previous projects in the community.”

“The scheme wanted to give back to the community in a focused and organised fashion.”

“Jackson’s previously completed an edible garden build at St Marys Church in Greenhithe just around the corner during the St. Clements Way improvement scheme.”

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Lesley Howes: Deputy Town Mayor for Swanscombe and Greenhithe
Daniel Chasen: Sub Agent at Jackson Civil Engineering
Lorna Cross: Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Councillor
Sue Butterfill: Dartford Borough Councillor For Greenhithe and Knockhall Ward - Leader of the Swanscombe & Greenhithe Resident's Association.