Digger driver Stephen Lavender and Mick Scholes move and rake soil ready for a path to be laid and beds to be planted at a community garden in Keld Close, Uckfield.

Work begins in earnest on another Uckfield community garden

As one Uckfield community garden welcomed members of the public at an open day yesterday excitement was growing in another part of town as progress is made on a new garden project.

The open day was at Selby Meadow, off Selby Road, which has been transformed from a derelict piece of land by people living nearby. Only last year they were given a new five-year licence to continue their work. See our pictures and story here: Sun shines for Selby Meadow open day, Uckfield.

Not far away residents of Keld Close were pleased  to see a digger move on to a corner of land which they will soon be planting up as a quiet area for neighbours to enjoy.

Planning permission has been given for it to be turned into a community garden and on Friday the digger was moving earth ready for a path to be laid.

Digger operator Stephen Lavender said the soil was very good and that should help residents create the haven they have been dreaming of for more than a year.

Mike Scholes was sifting through the soil taking out weeds as Stephen progressed with his job.

Last November a hedge running between the garden and road was reduced in height, a hazel tree was trimmed and four willows removed.

Old tyres, concrete hard-standing and rubbish were also taken away and new fencing and gates installed allowing easy access.

The triangular piece of land was given to the community in 1938 and residents grew flowers and chipped and stored wood there.

Then in the 1990s it fell into disuse and Wealden Council leased it as a garden to the owner of Watch Cottage, which used to be part of the neighbouring old fire station.

When the house was sold the new owner was happy for it to revert to the community and planning began to transform the land.

Read more here: Neglected Uckfield site to be transformed into community garden.

One of the neighbours involved in the project to create the community garden, Christine Wickham, said they were looking forward to planting it up.

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