* 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.
* 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).
* 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.
* 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).
* 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
* ‘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.
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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.