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
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
Come and see what we get up at our next open day
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
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
Our work doesn’t stop at the allotment gates but carries on every day of the week across Moulsecoomb and beyond.
Last week we helped forage for ingredients to make home made shampoo at Moulsecoomb Primary and the Bevy community pub for an event run by House of Cultural Curiosity as part of the British Science Festival.
We entered fruit and veg, cakes and jams at the Bevy garden show and cooked a Harvest Feast at Moulsecoomb Primary while Stephan from Brighton Permaculture Trust got children to squash the apples and pears grown and harvested by the children at the school to turn into juice.
The sun shone, the bees buzzed, the pizzas flew out of the oven and the cakes into people’s grateful mouths! What a fantastic open day with nearly 200 people visiting; old friends and new from all walks of life including Kayla Ente from Bhesco, Rich Haworth from The Living Coast and blogger Ian Chisnall from Ashdown Audio Visual Pupils from Patcham House, Varndean and Brighton Aldridge Community Academy showed off the skills they’ve learnt. One lad who’s been excluded from… Read More »OPEN DAY 2017