On the 14th & 15th March 2002 a group of SHAA Hoteliers dug out and planted a garden at Shanklin Station. We built a fence that would enable us to reach the garden to weed regularly. All the plants and timber was donated by local island companies and to commemorate this, a large plaque was attached to the fence. SHAA Chairman at the time was Les Burrows who along with the Committee at the time organised the gardening weekend. We found a local man to weed once a week for us and we felt that we had achieved something worthwhile.
Recently though, the garden was looking very tired and overgrown but still bore the SHAA name. The committee was looking for a solution when Lesley Hampshire from the Green Towns’ Shanklin approached SHAA to invest some money and time into re-planting the garden. This was greatly appreciated by the Committee and we donated £50.00 to help with the planting. Having been donated a boat, which is now planted out and is situated to one side of the garden they have achieved a lot in a small time. Lesley has also undertaken to keep up with the weeding eventhough it is now more difficult to obtain entry into the gardens as permission is always needed. The garden now is a vast improvement and if anyone has a free ten minutes just pop in and have a look.