The Moat Garden

The Moat Garden

A community project in Castle Cary

The purpose of the Moat Garden Project is to bring the entire community together through the creation, upkeep and use of the garden. Starting in 2007, we set out to turn an overgrown and neglected area (close to the town centre and accessible by a well-used footpath) into a wildlife-friendly community garden and meeting place.

We are incorporating more formal growing areas (for the use of the primary school and other groups) into an informal garden. The site is already habitat to some active badger setts (which have not been disturbed when carrying out the work) and we aim to encourage other wildlife.

With the help of a generous grant of Lottery money from Groundwork UK we have cleared and landscaped the site, and wheelchair-accessible pathways and seats have been instated. A level area has been fenced off to create the Primary school’s growing area, and work has begun on rebuilding the old wall (with arched gateway) which forms one of the garden’s boundaries. We are planning to hold a formal launch on the 3rd of July 2010, and Michael Eavis has agreed to ‘cut the ribbon’.

Meanwhile we will be organising regular volunteer work parties, and we also hold monthly Committee meetings.  So if you’d like to get involved in any way, please contact us – Melissa Meek (01963 359418) or Jill Larbalestier (01963 359697), or via email to


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