Felix Thomas and Craig Mewett stand on previously neglected land in Keld Close that is to be turned into a community garden. They have just reduced the height of a hedge and four willow trees.

Work begins to create community garden on neglected Uckfield land

Work has begun on clearing a neglected corner of land in Keld Close, Uckfield, ready for it to be turned into a community garden.

Contractors, employed by Wealden District Council, have reduced the height of a hedge running between the garden and road, removed four willows and trimmed a hazel tree.

The next step will be to bring in a skip to clear old tyres, concrete hard standing and rubbish from the garden.

The land will be fenced where there is no hedging and a new gated entrance provided allowing easy access by people living in the area who will tend the garden and relax in it.

The triangular piece of land was given to the community in 1938 and residents grew flowers and chopped 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 a year ago the new owner was happy for it to revert to the community and so planning began to transform the land.

Read more in a previous Uckfield News story: Neglected Uckfield site to be transformed into community garden.

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An entrance is to be cut into the left hand side of this hedge fronting Keld Close, Uckfield, allowing residents into their new community garden.

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Old tyres, piles of wood and hard standing still have to be removed from the neglected land in Keld Avenue before residents can begin building their community garden.

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Some of the team, pictured earlier this year, who are working to create a community garden in Keld Close, near the old fire station off Framfield Road, Uckfield. From the left are: Ray Hazelden, Betty Fairbrass, Peter Kirwin, Christine Wickham, Pat Singleton, and Peter Dann.

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