Popular garden to close its gates for the last time

A COLOURFUL oasis on a former derelict site in Central St Leonards; the end is approaching for the Moveable Feast Community Garden.

The project, in Western Road, run by a small and dedicated team of volunteers, is to close as the site has been sold for development, and another suitable one has not been found.

Movable Feast committee members

Movable Feast committee members

The garden will be open to the public for one last time on Sunday (October 20) from 2pm, for a final celebration complete with food and drink, music, and a table sale.

Nicole Collumb, of the Moveable Feast Committee, said: “It is a fantastic project, and it has done way more than we ever anticipated at the beginning.

“The thing that was really great was the events, which were really well-attended and everyone enjoyed them, but the day-to-day running of the garden was tricky.”

Sally Walton, another committee member, said that while there has been local enthusiasm for the garden, more regular helpers, and a new committee, along with a new site, would be needed for it to continue.

She said: “This really worked, and shows if you have the will to do it you can do it.

“I look back on it and feel really chuffed.”

“When we first went to that street, people were avoiding walking down it, and that has changed completely.”

She added: “We want to thank everyone who helped us when we set up, those who became regular volunteers, our garden neighbours, and those who passed by and wished us well.”

The derelict space was cleared by volunteers and transformed into a productive garden, which for a time had its own horticulturist, with the harvest shared among everyone involved.

Nothing from the garden will go to waste, and local charities, growing projects and schools have been sent a list of useful items.

The Moveable Feast may be going into hibernation for now, but Nicole said the committee will be keeping in touch, and sharing ideas.