My young head gardener hadn’t had the best of mornings and wasn’t very talkative. So we went to the forest school area where he busied himself making a den out of whatever wood he could find while I pruned the mulberry in silence. Half hour later we were clearing paths and chatting until the rain beat us inside. Then, with very limited tools – a wet bit of paper, some chairs, a book to act as a ruler and a… Read More »A SUMMER OF PLAY
Well that was a year we won’t forget. A year where we can be proud of how the garden adapted to an ever changing situation. If there’s one thing this pandemic has highlighted is that you can get a lot more done when you work together. As the first lockdown loomed, we joined a meeting of organisations across Moulsecoomb and Bevendean to discuss how we could support the most vulnerable. So when we had to make the tough decision to… Read More »LOOKING BACK 2020
This week Countryfile launched Plant Britain, a campaign with the goal of planting 750,000 trees – one for every UK primary school starter in 2020. It showed people across the country digging and planting and waxed lyrical about how this will inspire future generations. Moulsecoomb Primary School was always ahead of this curve. Twenty years ago, former visionary Head Teacher Mr. Davies transformed the school grounds from green desert to thriving ecosystem. Hundreds of trees were planted which are now… Read More »AHEAD OF THE CURVE
It's our AGM - join in to find out what we've been up to in this unusual year!
While we stayed busy during lock down it’s been great to open the forest garden gates again and welcome back some of our volunteers. Of course there’s had to be a few workday changes. The sessions are shorter, we are working and eating in smaller groups and only our designated cooks can make lunch – and wash up! We are also back at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Moulsecoomb Primary. At Moulsecoomb we have a couple of hours with Year… Read More »LIMITED CAPACITY
Covered in mud and busy pouring water into a leaf filled hole he’d dug with sticks, next to the woodland camp he’d built with friends ‘I’m proper natured’ he told his mum as he proudly showed off his new home. It was the last day of our three week summer camp, where over 30 children mainly from Moulsecoomb Primary had come along for a couple of days. Like a mini outdoor festival where for a few hours children could make… Read More »‘PROPER NATURED’
When the corona virus pandemic hit, we had to close the garden to volunteers, visitors and schools but a skeleton staff began growing as much food as possible to supply the Bevy community pub’s meals on wheels service, which has delivered over 5,000 meals locally, including to some of our volunteers. Rhubarb, runner beans, broad beans, french beans, onions, potatoes, courgettes, shallots, peas, black and red currants, lettuce and rocket have been used in meals or delivered directly to people… Read More »EMERGING FROM LOCKDOWN
The Forest Garden has been closed for over a month now and we are really missing everyone. We’ve been keeping in touch with our regular volunteers on our Facebook page. We’ve set up a YouTube channel and have been producing videos for everyone who misses being there in person. We love hearing from you – keep those stories coming. Lianne has made a brilliant film of a tense stand-off between a cat and a fox. Luke and Aida have posted… Read More »Keep in touch!
The Garden has always been a place to grow food, but it’s so much more than that. A melting pot of people getting together for fresh air, exercise, a laugh and a social – and to share a meal at lunchtime. You can even find people lifting the occasional spade! Unfortunately, this virus has put a stop to all that, and events are moving so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up. For now, a few of us are digging… Read More »CAN YOU DIG IT
I used to get free tickets to festivals to go and talk about Nettles – a wonder plant that never gets the rave press it deserves because it doesn’t come from the Amazon. It is also from the same family as marijuana – although it won’t make you boring if you eat lots of it. With food scarcity, and fresh fruit and veg becoming harder to find and expensive, now is the best time to go out and harvest as… Read More »NETTLE-MANIA