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The next gardening session will be on Saturday March 8th at 10am. Please join the event if you can come along. Meet at the garden at 13 The Crestway, Hollingdean BN1 7BX.  More about this session and the project on Facebook.


Something of an environmental theme for next week’s events at the Hollingdean Community Centre:

Green-LivingWednesday 22 January – Free screening of “The Clean Bin Project”. A funny, inspiring short film about a couple’s decision to live without producing waste. The film will be followed by top tips, Q&A and a raffle. Doors open 6:30pm (film at 7pm). More info and a trailer on the Community Centre’s website.

Thursday 23 January  – The official launch of the Real Food (Hollingdean) project.  Come along and find out more about the project, learn about permaculture and the design process, and find out about our first gardening session. Found out how you can get involved. Event starts at 7:45pm.  More information here.

Anyone living in the 01273 telephone area can take part in the Artists Open Houses (AOH) festival as an Open House venue.  Registration for the May 2014 AOH festival opens 3 December 2013 and closes 5 February 2014.  ‘Early Bird’ cheap rates are available until 6 January (at 2012 prices).

Registration costs can be shared by the all the artists exhibiting in one venue, so taking part in AOH can be affordable for everyone. To find out details of how to join a trail, or register as an independent venue, visit

Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead WoodsOn Saturday 7 December 10am-2pm, Friends of Hollingbury Burstead Woods will be planting baby trees and re-making part of the northern hedge (by the golf club road) They’ve got about 60 trees to plant, a pack of 30 are from the Woodland Trust who have donated trees before. All hands on deck please!  No experience is necessary, but wear sensible clothing and sturdy footwear.

Information about the group, where to meet and all work session dates is at

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Real Food Hollingdean is a new exciting project setting out to improve access to fresh, affordable, healthy food for residents of Hollingdean.

eat-more-vegIt aims to help people grow vegetables and fruit attractively in their front gardens and other green spaces around the area. It will teach the skills and show people how to get the best out of food-growing by working together and encouraging sharing. You don’t have to have a garden, just an interest in learning about food-growing. The first front garden designed using permaculture techniques (an environmental design system) is now nearly ready to be implemented.

The project is also looking for a volunteer treasurer – if you have relevant skills and would like to help a exciting, positive project, please contact Flo ( or Stephan (stephan@ / 07917 364074).

See more on our Facebook group Real Food Hollingdean.

The planters in the Dip and Crestway are in place but the next stage is to get some public art in these areas. There is a small amount of money but this can be used as match funding. Pupils at Hertford Junior have done some fabulous designs of how they would like the Dip to look – they are displayed in Rutters’ window (next to the Employability centre). If you are interested please contact Liz on 236160 or

There is a meeting at St Richards, Beal Crescent on Tuesday 19 November 7.30pm. This will be an opportunity to talk about plans for the Dip and Crestway, as well as other local community projects.  All are welcome.

Want to do something to help your local woodland?  On Saturday 5 October – 10:00am to 1:00pm the Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods will be working in Burstead Wood, clearing the Butterfly Glade, installing a bench, and planting daffodils and violets.

More information at the FHBW website or Facebook page – including future work dates if you can’t make this one.

Check out Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project Tuesday 17th & Friday 20th September 10am – 3pm.

tomato clipartThis award-winning community food project is located by Moulsecoomb Station end of Crespin Way BN2 4GP. Backing onto wood and farmland, this wonderful space is a complete wildlife haven and an important resource offering horticultural, educational and social opportunities to residents and schools in the surrounding area. Come and volunteer and share a tasty lunch. No experience necessary. Arrive at 10am. Please email in advance so enough food is cooked!  Bus numbers 25, 25A, 10, 24, 28 and 49 (buses stop on Lewes Road). Train to Moulsecoomb station.

Part of the citywide BIG Dig Week – 16th-22nd September.

LRSP_gardenersCelebrate urban food growing at the third Big Dig Week this September 16th-22nd. 25 gardens are taking part showcasing a diverse range of community projects in parks, orchards and forests – including Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project.

Explore a pop-up surprise in the city centre, visit a bug hotel or taste the first of the season’s apples. Follow the trails to find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood and how you can get involved in local food growing.

See the Big Dig flyer (PDF) for more information.

A Long AllotmentFriday 12th July 2013 – noon till 7pm

  • tours of the garden every hour
  • nature & history walk 5pm with Dave Bangs
  • find out about our new ‘eco shed’
  • chat to our compost doctor
  • make & cook your own pizzas in our outdoor clay oven
  • chat to our bee expert & check out the bees
  • visit the BUSHCRAFT GROTTO – demonstrations of natural fire lighting, making spoons & making string from tree bark & nettles
  • snacks & light refreshments for sale

For directions and more info, visit or call 07988 837 951.

If you are a school or teacher who would like to talk to us about using the project for pupils drop us a line beforehand at so we can arrange a time to chat on the day.

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