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An excert from the Crawley News dated 31st July 2013:


Beavers’ garden brings Tilgate community together

A VIBRANT herb garden has helped to create a harmonious neighbourhood in Tilgate.


The 7th Crawley Beaver Scouts planted the public garden on the corner of Winchester Road and Durham Close.


More than 50 people, including the Beavers, their parents and the mayor of Crawley, visited the garden last Thursday  as it was judged for the South and South East in Bloom competition.

Older neighbours have also helped with the garden by supplying water and the Beavers’ work has encouraged a family who live nearby to enrol their son.


Beaver leader Yvonne Seetayah said: “One neighbour has said that since we have started planting at the garden youngsters don’t go round damaging it.


“The relationship between the younger generation and older generation has improved.”


At the event the guests enjoyed produce from the garden, such as radishes and salad, which Crawley MP Henry Smith, Tilgate councillor Duncan Crow and Crawley District Scout Commissioner Eddy Hills helped to plant in April.


Group leader Yvonne, who lives in Chichester Close, Tilgate, brought some cordial made from elderflower that she picked nearby and parents provided scones and lemon drizzle cake.


Crawley mayor Bob Burgess and Beavers Maisie Taylor and Muna Okorie unveiled a new sign for the garden, which Crawley Borough Council helped to fund with a grant.


Yvonne, who has been involved with the 7th Crawley Beaver Scouts for 11 years, expects to hear the results of the judging in September.


She said: “What encourages me to go to Beavers is that it keeps me young and I like to see the achievements of the children.”