Community garden to celebrate with party

Sally Walton at the Moveable Feast Community Garden
Sally Walton at the Moveable Feast Community Garden

THE Moveable Feast Community Garden is celebrating the past season with a winter party open to all.

Launched in June this year, the project has transformed a derelict site in Western Road, St Leonards, into a productive garden and vibrant community space, now with its own horticulturist.

Example of the Harvest at Moveable Feast Community Garden in Western Road, St Leonards

Example of the Harvest at Moveable Feast Community Garden in Western Road, St Leonards

At the party tomorrow (Saturday), from 11.30am to 2pm, there will be garden tours, performances from The Variations and Las Pasionarias choirs, a bird-box making workshop run by The Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Project, and local storyteller, Mary Dawson, will spin some yarns.

Homemade soup, warm spiced apple juice, cakes and more will also be on offer.

Set up by members of the Wonky WI, the garden is testament to what can be achieved through volunteer energy, community support and vision.

Volunteers, charities and local community members come together to grow fruit and vegetables, share skills and celebrate local food.

The harvest is shared among everyone involved, and the space offers those who don’t have a garden the opportunity to grow food, as well as the opportunity for others to acquire growing skills that they can apply back home.

Newly appointed horticulturist Abby Nicol said: “It is very exciting to be part of the garden which has achieved so much in so little time and is going from strength to strength.

“I’m looking forward to increasing our veg production, running workshops and helping to put on more community events.

“The garden is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by putting food at the heart of our community- growing, learning, sharing, harvesting, cooking, socialising.

“At a time when we’re so divorced from where our food comes from, the garden represents what we can all achieve together.”

Winter opening hours: Thursday 10am-1pm, Saturday 10am-1pm, Sunday 10am-12.30pm.