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Reading Garden at Lee-on-the-Solent Library

Lee Residents campaigned to have the library refurbished and were delighted that Hampshire County Council eventually agreed to carry out work to the building.


However HCC funding did not run to renovating the area in front of the library which had become very dilapidated and unattractive.


Lee Residents applied for and obtained a grant from the Lottery to improve the outside of the library and create an area where people could sit, read and meet friends. We were also fortunate in obtaining our local County Councillor , Margaret Snaith’s, support in obtaining additional funding from Hampshire County Council and her devolved Councilor's budget.


We received help from many people in providing plants (in particular Grange Nursery) and helping with the planning and planting. As a result the work was completed in early summer 2008 with an official opening by Brian Kidd in June.

We have now installed two bird boxes with web cams so that any movement in the boxes can be seen on screens in the library.


We are delighted that the garden has won a number of awards including Gosport and Lee in Bloom and the "runner up" award in the Portsmouth News "We can do it" competition.


The garden is now maintained by volunteer members of Lee Residents