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
As a governor at Moulsecoomb Primary School for over a decade I’ve seen the chipping away of school budgets. It’s got to the point where it is national news; with all headteachers complaining that they haven’t got enough money to deliver the education that all our children deserve. At our school we have lost nearly£200,000 in the last four years – with another £210,000 to follow. I was invited to help out atMoulsecoomb Primary when former head, Mr Davies, was… Read More »EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY
It’s hard to keep up with Mayor of Brighton and Hove Pete West as he flies past on his tandem, off to yet another event, hoping not to catch the mayoral chains in his bike chains. It put a few peoples noses out when he decided to break with protocol and support 27 different charities, but for small groups like ours to be chosen was a welcome shot in the arm needed in this climate of never ending cut… Read More »KEEPING FIT ON MAYORAL DUTIES
Eco-cabin finally complete, first pupil to get a qualification in Creative Craft, being picked as one of the Mayors charities – its been another great year for Moulsecoomb Forest Garden. However, the background is that life is becoming increasingly difficult for small charities. I recently attended a meeting held by Sussex Community Foundation with Vanessa, one of our trustees. Sussex Community Foundation, who have been long-term supporters of our work, were launching their new report ‘Sussex Uncovered‘. In… Read More »LOOKING BACK 2016
WE CAME SECOND IN BAGS OF HELP SCHEME WINNING £10,000 AND RECEIVED £500 FROM AVIVIA We need your votes Can you spare a few minutes of your time and help support our work teaching people with disabilities how to cook. Vote ten times so we can win £5,000 (voting ends 17th November) https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-2095 We are also up for funding thanks to Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. The money will make a real difference to us, and will go towards improving… Read More »VOTE FOR US
Guest post by Stuart Bullen As someone who’d done some volunteering in the dim and distant past I had been feeling that I should get involved in something similar for a while. I wanted to use my background and interest in all things environmental and geographical, so I made the initial step of contacting the excellent ‘Active Student’ volunteering team here at the University of Brighton, to enquire about their Staff Volunteering Scheme. This allows staff the opportunity to undertake… Read More »VOLUNTEERING AT THE FOREST GARDEN
Last week seventy people came to our regular community garden drop in days which are open to everyone two days a week for 50 weeks of the year. Some were local residents, students on placements and one refugee but the majority were people with learning disabilities. And all of them have talked about services being cut, centres being shut, benefit forms getting more complicated and general support ebbing away. One of our volunteers works for the council finding placements for… Read More »CUT TO THE BONE