Party time at Keld Close community garden Uckfield

It was party time at Keld Close community garden in Uckfield yesterday as residents celebrated the transformation of a neglected plot of land.

They invited friends to join them for tea and cake and were delighted that Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood was there to cut a special cake marking the occasion.


Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood gets ready to cut a Welcome cake at Keld Close community garden. With her on the left is Keld Close’s ‘Percy Thrower’ Betty Fairbrass, Peter Kirwin, Pat Singleton, Len Davis and Christine Wickham.

Cllr Eastwood said she was impressed by the garden. “It is absolutely wonderful. A lot of hard work has been put in to create what is here today compared with the overgrown site it was.”

She added: “Now people can come along and enjoy it. To see a community come together and work together like this makes you feel proud.”


PCSO Megan Gledhill joins other party-goers in the Keld Close community garden.

Neighbours were supported by the New Town Action Group and Wealden District Council in their mission to create a haven for people to relax in.

Just a year ago the land was heaped with old tyres, an old shed, piles of wood, concrete slabs and badly planted trees.

Wealden contractors cleared the space, cut back hedging, sorted the trees out and laid paths ready for residents to plant up the garden.


A pretty display of Cosmos in the Keld Close community garden.

One of the residents working on it was 85-year-old Betty Fairbrass who looks after about six gardens for neighbours in Keld Close. “I garden for the love of it,” she said.

Pat Singleton decorated the Welcome cake and among special visitors was PCSO Megan Gledhill.

She can spend more time ‘on the beat’ these days as a new form of policing is embraced. She is now able to catch up with filing reports via her mobile phone instead of returning to the station.

“This is definitely one of the places I will pause while I am out and about – as long as there’s a mobile signal,” she said.

Look out for Megan on her electric bicycle in New Town and Ridgewood and also in the villages of Nutley, Piltdown, Fletching, Isfield, Little Horsted, Sheffield Park, Chelwood Gate and Danehill.

There was a special welcome at the party too for Jim Molesworth-Edwards, a member of the New Town Action Group and former Uckfield town councillor.

He was celebrating his 86th birthday and a piece of cake and candle were ready for him when he arrived.


Jim Molesworth-Edwards who was 86 yesterday was greeted with his own birthday candle at the Keld Close community garden party.

Another little garden has been created on the way into Keld Close. The work has been done by Len Davis who plans to fill it with daffodils and other bulbs to make a colourful show in the spring.


Len Davis with the little piece of garden he plans to fill with daffodils.

Uckfield News pictures from May, 2014, show how the land that is now a community garden looked before work began. See: Neglected Uckfield site to be transformed into community garden.

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