Spending a penny at the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Projects is a lot more pleasant thanks to a brand new compost toilet.

The toilet was built by pupils on work experience, overseen by project workers and funded by the Princes Trust and Sussex Community Foundation. Three of the pupils, Daniel Morton and Reece Daly from the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Karl Williams from Bowden House School received awards from the Princes Trust because of their work.

Team Leader Reece Daly said “I hated school and couldn’t wait to leave, but really enjoyed my work at the forest garden. Building the toilet I learnt new skills and it’s something I’m really proud of.” Reece is now working full time.

Wilf Nicholls from the Prince’s Trust said “The Prince’s Trust is all about supporting disadvantaged young people and this is the type of project that we like to support, it’s fantastic for the participants and the wider community that use the garden”

Mary Carruthers from the Sussex Community Foundation said “The forest garden is a fantastic project encouraging local residents to grow and eat their own food and to learn about their natural environment. They have become so popular they needed a new loo and we were very happy to support them with a grant from American Express.”