Almost time to feast your eyes on community garden

Volunteers spent an afternoon clearing the ground in preparation for Moveable Feast community garden in Western Road
Volunteers spent an afternoon clearing the ground in preparation for Moveable Feast community garden in Western Road

WORK has begun to turn a plot of vacant land into a community garden which is due to open its gates next week.

Moveable Feast is a project taken on by members of the St Leonards Wonky Womens Institute, a fruit and vegetable garden created using planters and pallets, so that it can be moved on when necessary.

The site at 57-59 Western Road, St Leonards, has been cleared, and last Saturday a team of volunteers started levelling the land, laying pallets and gravel for a pathway, along with a spot of litter picking.

Nicole Collomb said: “Thank you so much to everyone who helped start the garden building today through rain and shine - it all seems possible now.”

The land is owned by Roost, but as the company has no immediate plans for it, The Moveable Feast Community Garden was given the go ahead.

About a third of the space will be devoted to fruit and vegetables, while the rest will be planted with annual wild flowers.

The garden has been made possible by the support of the WI, Hastings Borough Council, and donations of material and equipment from local businesses.

There is still much to do ahead of the opening on June 29 however, so the team in charge are appealing for more volunteers to help out tomorrow (Saturday, June 23), from 1pm to 4pm, and Wednesday, June 27, from 10am to 2pm. Gardening gloves and spade recommended.

For information email mfcommunitygarden@gmail.com or visit moveablefeastgarden.wordpress.com.