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* We have two events coming up where you can run and raise money for the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden:

Run Forest Run on Sunday 23rd October is a family-friendly 10km and 5km run through Stanmer Park woods plus 200m dash and other games for the little critters.

Brighton Half Marathon Sunday 26th Feb 2017 As part of being one of the Mayors chosen charities we have a place for someone to run the Brighton half-marathon

Please get in touch asap if your interested so we can register you.

* We have been chosen as one of the Mayors charities

* We won best education project at the PEA awards and came third for best wildlife garden and best community charity garden at Brighton and Hove City in Bloom

* Great article in The Ecologist about our timber framed eco-cabin and another one in Latest Homes

Jack Harvey* Congratulations to Moulsecoomb lad Jack Harvey for receiving his gold youth award. Jack has been helping Pat Beach transform a derelict playground at Moulsecoomb Primary school into a community garden.

* Our work at the Brighton Alridge Community Academy continues to grow.

* 300 people came to our last day of the summer 20th birthday party. Check out some photos and a couple of articles here and here.

Best Community Garden* We won Best Community Allotment in Brighton and Hove City in Bloom 2013

* Dr.Martens donates 24 pairs of boots for our work at the forest garden and Moulsecoomb Primary School

* Read our 2011 Annual Report (7Mb PDF)

* Read a copy of our Queensdown Woods management plan (2Mb PDF)

* We have become a Community Composting Hub.

* One of our volunteers Russel is now employed by us on an apprenticeship through City College to learn about carpentry. This is what the 'shed' will look like.

* Some of the first vegetables we helped grow with pupils at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy ended up on the school menu.

* FareShare have become the first company to drop off their waste to be composted rather than end up in landfill. 'Check out these photos from their warehouse to homeless hostels to the forest garden compost heap'. * We have become a community compost drop off point. Click here to view the poster. If you live nearby and cant compost at home bring your veg peelings, tea bags etc during our workdays and we will compost them for you. To find out more about the new legislation click here.

* In July we showed 4 representatives from UNESCO arround the garden project and Moulsecoomb Primary school as part of the councils bid for Brighton to become a bio-sphere reserve. Read all about it here.

* Peter Whitcomb has been making notes of what he has seen at nearby Moulsecoomb Wild Park, read his findings here (Word Document 2.5Mb).

Michael Townsend* Congratulations to long term volunteer and management committee member Michael Townsend who won City College's 'Foundation Learning' award. The award was not just for his work at the College and his determination to achieve despite his disabilities, but also for his voluntary work at the forest garden and the British Heart Foundation.

* We are mentioned in Dave Bangs' excellent new book 'A Freedom to Roam Guide to the Brighton Downs' Watch these short films of part of his woodland walk tour during our open day! - Film 1 - Film 2 - Film 3 - Film 4

* Meridan TV popped up to the garden and made a short film, you can watch it here.

* Read a copy of the woodland management plan for Westlain Belt (7Mb PDF)

* We will be 20 this September and plan to celebrate with a big party. Have you ever volunteered at the project? Want to see some old photos of the place?

* Are you looking for a team challenge? We are looking for groups to help build the straw bale walls on our outdoor classroom. You will get messy, learn new skills and find out about our totally sustainable amazing new building. Plus be fed pizzas from our outdoor clay oven. Find out more here (PDF).

* Moulsecoomb Forest Garden appeals for cash to complete "amazing" eco building.

* Congratulations to Moulsecoomb Primary who won 'school of the year' at the Argus awards. We were nominated as Green Project of the Year but didn't win, read The Argus article about it here (PDF).

* Help your local school grow more food by offering to help run gardening clubs. Ideas and fundraising here. Adopt your local school and help them grow food. If you live in Brighton and Hove get in involved in the school gardens network.

* Three pupils on work experience at the garden celebrated transforming our compost loo and receiving Princes Trust certificates and development awards to help them buy tools and equipment for college

* We help run clubs and produce food at the award winning Moulsecoomb Primary School. Watch a short video of their annual ‘Heritage and Environment Festival’ where 700 children from across the city came along to find out about outdoor learning Warren has been working closely with one Year 6 pupil who received the schools first ever Head Gardener Award! Families also made mosiacs which have been put up in our new compost loo! Year 1 pupils also came to the garden, harvested the garlic they planted in September and made pizzas with it

* The Ecologist magazine came up to the garden this spring

* We featured on Channel 4's 'The Secret Millionaire.' Read The Argus article about the show. An interview with the millionaire.

* We took part in the Brighton White Night Festival watch this short film (made in the pitch black!)

* Sponsor Wilf Nichols, cycling from London to Brighton for the forest garden before he's 50!

* Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project are having an open day on Friday 12th July 12 noon - 7pm. Details on our poster here (PDF). Like what we do and want to help? More details here (PDF).

* Don't miss these chances to see the fantastic school grounds at Moulsecoomb Primary school. Sussex Beacon open gardens on Saturday 29th June and open day at the annual Heritage and Environment Festival Thursday 20th June.

* Radishes, raised bed and our work with Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. Read a copy of our report (7Mb PDF) of the woods behind the school.

marathon runners* Big thank you to our three Brighton Marathon runners: Dennis Hickson, Terry Blake and Jerry Swift who between them raised over £2,200 to rebuild our new shed.

* Two days before Bonfire Night our pride and joy, allotment shed, was burnt to the ground. The Argus published this front page and wrote this (PDF). Mourning in Moulsecoomb. We are front page of this seasons BHOGG newsletter (PDF) and there is a new short video about the project on Facebook. We have had fantastic support from such a wide range of people and organisations from Brighton and Hove Supporters Club to parents group at Moulsecoomb Primary to St.Margaret's Church in Rottingdean.

* ‘Bee Hive Yourself’ talk by forest garden bee keeper Vanessa Tourle Friday April 20th 2012, Phoenix Community Centre, 7.30 – 9pm. Watch this short film made with advice from our resident bee keeper Vanessa and Council ecologist Matthew Thomas.

*Listen to what some of the pupils we work with think about the project:

* We will be having a woodland work day in Queensdown Woods (the woods behind the allotments) on Sunday 19th February 2012 11am-3pm will include lunch. Read flyer here (PDF)

* Forest garden beekeeper Vanessa Tourle will be speaking with the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at Sussex University and the plight of bees and what you can do to save them on 23rd February 2012. Watch this short film made with advice from our resident bee keeper Vanessa and Council ecologist Matthew Thomas.

* Nearly 300 people came to our open day in June.

* Read all the Harvest Festival Feast at Moulsecoomb Primary in the latest Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group newsletter.

* The Primary Geography magazine wrote about the outdoor learning environment created at Moulsecoomb Primary School , where we run a weekly gardening club and help to maintain the school grounds.  The school's Breakfast Club have also won a Healthy Choice Gold Certificate - the first school breakfast club in Brighton and Hove to achieve this. View some pics here.

* In May we became the first winners of the Big Lemon bus company's 'Give Something Back' scheme. Details here.

* Voted Best Green Project 2008 at the first ever Argus Eco-Award (4Mb PDF). In September we were runners up in the City in Bloom ‘best wildlife garden.’

* 400 people came to our open day in June – watch some short films here - Open day tour - Interview with Harvey from A.C.E - Interview with Aiden from Falmer High - Pat and Russell talk about their work.

open day

click the flyer for a bigger version

* Read praise for our work at Falmer High School from the outgoing head here.

* Sorry, we are currently closed on a Sunday, but if you would like to visit the project when we are not open, or if your group would like to use the gardens to put on an event please get in touch to arrange this.

* We will be running a pick and cook day on Friday 18th June 2010. To book a place CLICK HERE

* One of our long term volunteers and management committee member Kate Morrison, is running the Sussex Beacon half marathon in February 2010 raising money for the forest garden. If you would like to sponsor her go to www.everyclick.com/katemorrison

* We have a childrens event happening at the forest garden on Saturday 8th May. More info here.

* Read MJ Hibbetts blog about his benefit gig in the woods during the Brighton Fringe Festival.

* As part of the Brighton Big Butterfly Count, wildlife expert and former TV presenter David Bellamy stopped off at the project for some lunch (including some pizza from our new clay oven). He was given a tour of the place by some of the pupils who do work experience with us through Falmer High School and the Youth Inclusion Project. He said about us “Fantastic – a perfect place to learn in.” View the photos here.

* Last August we won the UK’s best community allotments as voted by the Kitchen Garden Magazine in conjunction with the National Allotment Gardens Trust. Read the article here (5Mb pdf). To watch the news item on BBC South News click here and then follow the link. The read the article in the Argus here (5Mb pdf)

* On Route, the local bus magazine, wrote about Warren's work at Moulsecoomb Primary school. Read it here (3Mb pdf).

*  OPEN DAY Saturday 13th June  11am-4pm.

Tours on the hour, every hour. Environmental art from Clowd 9. Food and refreshments from the World Food Project and Due South. StoryBeard Storytelling 12noon and 3pm. Author and ecologist Dave Bangs will be doing two woodland walks 11am and 2pm. Spaces limited please book for this. FREE (This event has been sponsored by Due South www.duesouth.co.uk)

STOP-PRESS  There will be plant swap happening at the open day 11am - 2pm - bring plants and seedlings to swap.

* SCHOOL OPEN DAY We are opening the project for school teachers and their classes to visit on Friday 12th June 2009.

Come and learn about our work with Falmer High School, the Alternative Centre for Education, Patcham House and Moulsecoomb Primary. Find out about learning outside the classroom and the possibilites for environmental improvements of your school grounds. Come and see our Saxon roundhouse, turf sofa, wildlife ponds and organic gardens. Spend a penny in our compost loo. Visit the surrounding woodland that will be part of the South Downs National Park. Author and ecologist Dave Bangs will also be doing two woodland walks 11am and 2pm.  (Spaces limited so please book for this).

There will be tours of the project on the hour every hour (9am-4pm) – please book a slot if you would like your class to come along. If you are a primary school teacher and would like to do a scavenger hunt during your visit please let us know.

Food and refreshments throughout the day – some cooked in our outdoor clay oven.

* Brighton Festival Fringe have generously put on a fundraising event for us to help us pay for a new wood-burning stove. ‘My Exciting Life In ROCK’ with MJ Hibbett (www.myexcitinglifeinrock.com) Songs and stories of internet hits ('Hey Hey 16K'), Radio One, disasters, nudity, lessons of ROCK and more. It’s happening on 16 May at the forest garden. Come early from 6pm for tours and pizza! Tickets info

* We received money to build steps into the woodland that is directly behind the project, here are 2 articles about the project - article 1 - article 2.

* We had a quck chat with The Guardian Newspaper who along with 1,300 other people came to Brighton’s Seedy Sunday community seed swap in February.

* To listen to an interview with some of the people that use the project click here to listen to an mp3 interview (6Mb). Right click and choose "save link as..."

* Four brief video snapshots of a typical Autumn day at the Project click here

* We have been helping improve Moulsecoomb Primary’s award winning school grounds over the last few years. They are having an open day on Sunday 18th May 1-5pm with tours on the hour, food, bug hunts, face painting, bouncy castle and lots more – and it’s free. More info here - www.moulsecoomb.brighton-hove.sch.uk Primary Teachers magazine recently wrote about the school. View it here. Food from the project went towards their harvest festival. Click here to read the report from The Argus.

* 3 short film clips from our open day in May - over 300 people came over the weekend. Click the links to play the films or right-click and select "Save as..." to save them to your computer. Clip 1 (2.8Meg) - Clip 2 (2.9Meg) - Clip 3 (2.9Meg) These clips and various photos on the site are by Sonia Abbondanza

* We have become a registered charity (No. 1120073) which means any donation from you will go even further. Click here for details on how to support our projects.

* Those nice people at BHOGG (Brighton and Hove Organic Garden Group) raised £277 for us at their open day.

* Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins recently returned to his old school to open a new polytunnel. Read the report from The Argus here.

* Forest Garden volunteer Natasha Clarke wins award thanks to her hard work at the project. See University of Brighton article here.

* Some dirty weekender students came down one cold February day and helped us put in steps to the shed. Read the BBC coverage and watch the video here.

* Read all about us at www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__7404.aspx



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