A recent article ‘Understanding the hidden costs of grant making’ really got to the heart of the charitable sector problem. Its shocking revelations concluded that it often costs more to apply for a grant than the money you receive! That is of course if you are successful; with most applications it seems you’ve got more chance of winning the lottery than being given the cash.   So much work goes into even small grant applications; reading the guidelines, understanding the… Read More »AN UNEQUAL PARTNERSHIP
forest garden open day 2019


Everyone is welcome to our open day this Friday. The event is free thanks to sponsorship from Homity Trust and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership but please be generous on the gate. We are fed up of looking behind the sofa for pennies.  We have lots of raffle prizes. Who doesn’t want cream tea at The Grand, a trip on the i360, a remote controlled car, duvet covers and much more. How about making a small monthly standing order ?… Read More »GETTING READY FOR OUR OPEN DAY


The other week a woman who ran a puppet show atMoulsecoomb Primary said the schoolhada ‘big heart.’ The show was about children’s mental health andone of the activities was getting children to write a list of things that help them with their well-being. At most other schools pupils said – X-box, toys, theme parks etc – but she noticed at Moulsecoomb it was ‘playing with my brother’ ‘going outside with my friends’ ‘time with my family.’ She got that the… Read More »MOULSECOOMB PRIMARY : AN OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SCHOOL
plant sale


We’ve been on a seed sowing, potting up frenzy over the past few months with our volunteers and pupils at Moulsecoomb Primary School along with some of the people that run Friday Friends and keep the Bevy community pub garden looking stunning. We’ve now got plants coming out of our ears and this Saturday 4th May is our annual plant sale 10am till 2pm. Profits will be split between the Forest Garden and keeping the Bevy garden looking good. We… Read More »PLANT SALE THIS SATURDAY


Over 30 people came to the forest garden last Friday – a melting pot that included people with learning difficulties, students and a youngster in care who we are working with to achieve an Open College Network qualification. The winter sun shone, people worked hard, had a laugh and tucked into a home made pie cooked over the fire. It was perfect, and this happens week after week (just not always in the sunshine). You can see from our annual… Read More »RUNNING ON THIN AIR


Another year at the garden where we went from a very wet winter to a boiling hot summer. While we can never predict the weather, onething that is constant is the number of visitors that come and see what we get up too. This year one very welcome development was that more and more potential funders have been coming up – Sussex Community Foundation, Fonthill Foundation, Ernest Kleinwort, Big Lottery, Homity Trust and Peoples Postcode Lotteryalong with companies who are… Read More »LOOKING BACK 2018


Any trustee worth their runner beans should always ask the question ‘why are we doing this?’ And so Forest Garden secretary and regular volunteer Duncan quite rightly asked – what is it we want from our annual open day?   It’s not to make money, if it wasn’t for the generous grant from Homity Trust it would cost us to put on the event but we do hope new visitors will see the value in our work and support us… Read More »OPEN DAY 2018


Matthew Cheesman 1968-2018  We are sorry to announce the passing of Matthew Cheesman.  Matthew had been coming to the garden every Friday for seven years. With his big smile and cheerful disposition, Matthew was a joy to have around. He was a very good gardener and he loved to cook – as was also partial to the odd biscuit that we have with our endless cups of tea, Rushing excitedly up the hill asking what jobs we had to do… Read More »MATTHEW CHEESMAN
larbi collecting wood


Everyone who has visited the garden this year has commented on how great it is looking, and that’s thanks to all our volunteers. Infact, we are often so busy with volunteers on our workdays that its hard to find enough jobs for everyone to do! It no doubt helps that Carly and Jo cook up such fantastic food at lunchtimes so many of our guests leave with a full belly and a great impression. From councillors and MPs to chief… Read More »LOOKING BACK 2017