Church Square a Community Garden

The garden area of the United Church was an underused area in the heart of the town. With support of both land owners, the United Church and the Coop the space has been transformed into an accessible seating area with a community garden and bandstand.

About the Church Square and Garden

The Church Square is a throughfare linking the High Street shops to the retail units in Sizewell Road. The garden is the property of the United Church has been opened to provide access to the community. The space is designed to a high standard and offers a place to relax and opportunity to enjoy occasional entertainment from performers in the the bandstand.

The finished Church Square space, accessible to the public

On the south side of the Leiston United Church hidden behind an enormous wall was an enclosed space that offered a real opportunity for development. The wall separated the Church land from the Co-op car park. Consequently, the CLT proposed that the wall could be removed, thus opening the space making the space brighter and more accessible to the community.

The CLT spoke with the United Church as landowners and presented the proposal to the congregation and elders. They were enthusiastic about the church community garden concept. In addition, the church has been developing its own plans to refurbish and develop the historic church building. New bi-fold doors have been fitted along with improved accessibility ramping to make access easier. This has opened up a new space outside the church; it can be equally enjoyed by the congregation and hall users.

Thanks to our wonderful funders and supporters

The mark completion of the work and to formally open the garden, handing it back to the Church to manage (June 2022) BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin cuts the ribbon

None of this would have been possible without funding from our wonderful funders and supporters who include:

Access Community Trust
Adnams Community Trust

Alan Cardy (Architect)
Aldeburgh’s amazing swifts
All Churches Trust
Arnold Clark Community Fund
Beacon lighting

Chris, Bayfield Electrical
Coastal Building Supplies
Dayes Housewares (Leiston)
Duncan & Son builders
East of England Coop
East Suffolk Council

EDF Sizewell B apprentices
Galloper Wind Farm Fund
Garfield Weston Foundation

Harry Wild (Handyman Harry)
Hopkins Homes
John Balls

Leiston Plant Hire
Leiston Town Council

Leiston Press
Lord Belstead Trust
Magnox (Sizewell A)
Moncrieff Charitable Trust
Mr & Mrs Campion
Mrs L D Rope Charitable Settlement
Persimmon Homes
Plunket Foundation
Scarfe Charitable Trust
Strangward Trust
Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Grant Fund

Suffolk County Council Locality Budget
Suffolk Community Fund
Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund

The Nichol Young Foundation
Tudwick Foundation
United Church - Leiston

The public enjoy a performance from the Britten Pears Arts team from Snape Maltings.
A variety of local young talent provide two days of performances

We were delighted to spot this beautiful hummingbird hawk moth on the flowers
It is great the see nature returning to our former building site.

Take a look our concept design video

Thanks to Roger Gladwell Landscapes
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