WINNER: The Keld Close Community Garden, Uckfield. Photo: Wealden District Council.

Keld Close Community Garden wins Wealden award

A community flower garden at Keld Close, New Town, Uckfield, has been judged the best communal flower garden in the Wealden district.

The success is reward for local residents restoring a neglected piece of land to a glorious ‘pocket’ garden which is in full bloom at the moment.

Other winners in the Wealden District Council competition included:

  • Best Garden Overall – Mr and Mrs Rod Pachent, Buxted Court
  • Best Ornamental Garden – Mrs Grace Franklin, Buxted Court
Wealden District Council winners of the best overall garden, Rod and Angela Parchent, of Vuxted Court (centre) with Jean Holland and Cllr Ray Cade

Wealden District Council winners of the best overall garden, Rod and Angela Pachent, of Buxted Court (centre) with Jean Holland and Cllr Ray Cade

Grace Franklin's garden at Buxted Court

Grace Franklin’s garden at Buxted Court

The story of Keld Close Community Garden

The plan to transform a neglected corner of land was featured by in May 2014.

The aim was to transform the land into a garden to be enjoyed by residents and passers-by.

Here is our report from the time

In February 2015 a planning application was submitted to create the garden.

At the time, this website reported hat some clearance work had already been done on the site next to the old fire station.

It was said the land was last used as a garden in 2000 but had been neglected ever since.

May 2015: A digger helps with some of the hard work.

By the July planting was under way

By September 2015, the then Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Louise Eastwood, joined friends and residents at a party in the garden.

In 2017, the Keld Close was already winning awards, picking up the Best Community Garden in the Brighter Uckfield awards.

Praise for Wealden garden winners

Wealden District Council’s annual gardens competition is for residents living in council owned housing estates and retirement living courts across the District.

Entrants were invited to showcase their wonderful gardens, patios and balconies to the judges across two gloriously sunny days in June.

This year’s judges were Wealden Cabinet Member for Housing and Benefits, Cllr Ray Cade, and Jean Holland, a resident from Helen Court in Hailsham.


She’s also a keen gardener and a member of Wealden’s Resident’s Action Group.

Categories for entry included, best hanging baskets, best English country garden, best communal garden, and overall winner.

The entrants this year were of a particularly high standard making the judges final decision in each category extremely hard.

Wonderful people

Cllr Cade said: “I was delighted to be asked to visit our tenants and judge this year’s garden competition.

“Over the two days, Jean and I met some wonderful people doing some outstanding work in the Wealden community.

“One thing that stood out amongst them all was the pure joy they took from spending time in their garden.


“Everyone who entered can be very proud of their hard work and dedication to the upkeep of their gardens, for not only themselves but also others to enjoy.

“We are very lucky to have them as tenants, and wish them many congratulations.

“I would encourage all our tenants to enter next year’s competition which we hope will be just as spectacular.”

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