Asten, 5, Callum, 9, and Alfie, 7, enjoy cakes at the Selby Meadow open day.

Touch of magic in Selby Meadow, Uckfield

There’s a touch of magic in a meadow behind Selby Road, Uckfield, with all sorts of treasures to be discovered as you walk around it.


Velda Reed, one of the Selby Meadow gardeners, is with a totem pole made by herself and husband Robin.

Residents campaigned to stop the land being developed and thanks to the landowners, Uckfield Town Council, have turned it into a peaceful haven for themselves, wildlife and the wider community.

Children haven’t been forgotten and there’s a fairy circle where they can sit on logs with their friends. Those that went along to an open day yesterday were able to enjoy special ‘fairy food’ free of charge there too.

There’s also a Learning Curve with log seats each engraved with the name of a month. Children are encouraged to pick out the months they were born in.

From the Learning Curve they can see a clock to help them tell the time and there’s a colourful totem pole to add interest.

The totem pole was made by Velda and Robin Reed, carved from dead willow using a chain saw.

Velda works with Linda Anscombe do all the gardening in the meadow and they pride themselves on using only donated plants. “They are all either rescued or recycled,” said Velda.

Some of the varieties to be seen are sweet rocket, bronze fennel, ragged robin, aquilegias, granny’s bonnet. There are lots of buttercups too.


Some of the plants thriving in Selby Meadow, Uckfield.

“We want to encourage the insects and never use chemicals in the meadow. We hardly ever water here either. The plants have to be able to look after themselves,” said Velda.

The community Payback Team has helped a lot in the garden, adding steps in one corner and buiding an arbour.


The arbour built by a community Payback Team.

Another feature that always attracts interest is a water fountain powered by the sun which is slightly altered each year by 12-year-old Scott O’Hara, who attends Uckfield Community Technology College. Scott was helped by his grandfather, Tucker James, to set up the solar panel which powers a little fountain.


Scott O’Hara, 12, with the solar-powered water feature he built with the help of his grandfather Tucker James.

There’s another open day coming up at Selby Meadow on July 20 when refreshments and plants, and other garden-related products, will be on sale.

Then in August a special event is being organised for older and disabled people. They are being invited to go along for afternoon tea with music provided by Selby Meadow treasurer Ray Whiteway-Roberts.

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