Press Release - September 2016
By Lynda Foy : Pictures by Colin Foy
With pics catchlined Dynamic.
A COMPANY is helping a community project to flourish in the winter months,
thanks to new roofing.
Staff from the Hastings-based firm, Dynamic Scaffolding, have installed a temporary
plastic roof on the town’s greenhouse at Alexandra Park so that volunteers can continue
to work inside the 1930s structure in rainy weather.
The work has been done for free and Linda (correct) Pearson, chairman of the Alexandra
Park Greenhouse Group which aims to restore the site for community use, said: “We are touched
and overwhelmed by the generosity of this local company. It is so public-spirited.”
The offer to install free roofing came when Linda contacted company director Matt
Upton (correct) to seek an estimate for covering the 100ft structure.
Matt, who runs the company with fellow director Ross Garnett (correct) offered
to send a three-man team to cover the roof’s teak timbers in Monarflex (correct) sheeting
and the work took two days to complete.
Ross, whose company was started in 2009 and now employs 24 scaffolders, said: “We like to do
a lot of charity work. We have done work for the Round Table and we sponsored the Hastings
Beer Festival. We like to help the community when we can and this is a very worthwhile project.”
Scaffolders Craig Adams, Luke Destin (correct) and Jareth (correct Mansfield spent last
Friday and Monday (Sept 2/5) taking old nails out of the greenhouse’s timbers and then installing
the plastic sheeting.
Dymanic Scaffolding, which specialises in domestic and commercial scaffolding,
is based at Old Road Road, Hastings, with offices at the Innovation Centre, Highfield Drive,
Churchfields, St Leonards.
Greenhouse volunteers have already cleared the site of trees and brambles. They have also
installed cold frames and new paths to improve access, but they need £140,000 to
complete the project. As well as a permanent roof, the greenhouse would include a reception and
study area, raised beds and cold frames for growing plants , plant displays, a potting area and
a plant sales area.
The greenhouse is open every Saturday from 10.30am to 1pm when visitors can buy plants
or bring much-needed cuttings which volunteers can grow and then sell to help their fund-raising.
Young gardeners are particularly welcome on Saturdays learn about plants and how to grow them.
The site will also be open this Sunday (Sept 11) as part of the national Heritage Open Days
from 11am to 4pm. Other events will include a Halloween gathering on October 31 with a spooky
train ride on the park’s miniature railway and a Christmas wreath-making workshop for children and
adults. For further details, see posters in the park, the group’s website at
www.greenhousealexpark.com or telephone 01424 442790.