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East Harling community garden opened in honour of parish council clerk David Gee



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A community garden project will serve as “an endearing and enduring legacy” to a much-loved villager.

The site, just off Market Street in East Harling, was opened on September 11, in memory of David Gee, who served as the parish council’s clerk for more than 40 years.

Breckland Council chairman Roy Brame cut the ribbon on the garden, which started as an idea last year.

Kate Filby, Liz Mould, Rachel Robb and Councillor Roy Brame. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Kate Filby, Liz Mould, Rachel Robb and Councillor Roy Brame. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

“David was well loved and respected within the community, and I know he was heavily involved in all aspects of village community life,” said Cllr Brame at the ceremony.

“This garden will be an endearing and enduring legacy to his memory and his contribution to the Harling area and its residents.”

Developed by six volunteers and funded by donations, the garden includes a bug hotel, two raised beds, a woodland area, an information board on the background of the garden and a seed exchange box to share fruit and vegetable seeds.

David Gee’s daughters Caroline Ewin, Sue Jones and Ruth Devlin with widow Pat. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
David Gee’s daughters Caroline Ewin, Sue Jones and Ruth Devlin with widow Pat. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

Parish councillor Liz Mould, who was heavily involved in the project, said: “The ceremony went really well. Everybody was very pleased and, even though the weather was not great, it was very well attended.

“We had fellow councillors as well as some of David’s family there, so it was lovely.”

The Rev Caryll Brown, from East Harling Parish Church, led prayers and a dedication service, acknowledging the wonderful work Mr Gee had conducted on behalf of villagers, as well as his passion for helping others.

Cllr Mould added: “I would like to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped to create this space – to those who donated money, plants or time. It has been a real village effort.

“Without all of this it could not have happened and we will continue to keep it as the wonderful garden it is today.”

Asked what she thought Mr Gee would think of the project, she said: “He would have been there every day, telling us what we should do next with it. He would have been absolutely delighted.”



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