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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.

 Friday 21st September – 12 noon till 7pm

Garden tours every hour * come and see plans for our new eco build ‘shed’ * woodland walk 6pm * learn how to make string from tree bark & nettles * cook your own customized pizza in our outdoor clay oven * chat to our bee expert and check out the bees * compost doctors * pond dipping and bug hunts * snacks and light refreshments for sale

This event is FREE – although donations are welcome! From Hollingdean, the allotment is at the north end of Crespin Way.

079888 37951 – info@seedybusiness.org

Big Dig logoDiscover what’s growing on your doorstep: explore the secret gardens, hidden orchards, salad filled parks and fertile forests across the city. Join us to celebrate growing in our city on ‘The Big Dig Open Day’ on Saturday 15th September when 15 local food growing projects will be opening their gates to the public.

Click on the logo (right) to find out more, view an online map or download a brochure. Or go to to explore what’s happening around the country and in Brighton & Hove.

starsSunday 29th January – 4 – 7.30pm  Directly behind Moulsecoomb train station, at the end of Crespin Way.

FREE (any donations will go towards rebuilding the shed)

Come and peer through a telescope at the stars with Dr Darren Baskill, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sussex and his team.  Warm drinks, snacks and a roaring fire to keep you warm.  More details here

open day on Saturday 4th June 12 noon until 5pm

“The UK’s best Community Allotments” * tours of the garden * woodland walks * pond dipping * learn to make string from tree bark & nettles * wood carving demonstrations * basket weaving * cook your own pizzas in our outdoor clay oven * wildlife gardening * bee talks * compost doctors * children’s activities Children’s workshops with Clowd 9 and Gladrags. Be King or Queen for the day  * bicycle powered electricity demonstrations * herbal workshops * snacks & light refreshments for sale * ALL FREE although donations are welcome! Read the rest of this entry »

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Seedy Sunday, the country’s foremost community seed swap, will be celebrating it’s 10th birthday in style with the largest seed swap table yet, more stalls, demonstrations, talks and all things horticultural at Hove Town Hall on the 6th February 2011.

Seedy Sunday offers people a fun and practical way to grow ‘outlawed’ or commercially unavailable fruit, vegetables and herb varieties whilst helping support a vibrant local food growing culture. On Sunday 6th February 2011 Hove Town Hall will be buzzing with the sound of people swapping a District Nurse for a Gravedigger or a Red Elephant and more besides.

Read more on the Press Release….

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project (MFGWP) are holding their annual open day on Saturday 24th July 12 noon – 5pm. Download poster/flyer [PDF]

Woodland Walks – Author and South Downs expert Dave Bangs will be leading two walks in Queensdown Woods which back onto the project and which MFGWP fought successfully to be included in the South Downs National Park.  Walks start at 1pm and 3pm.

Bee talks. An introduction to the honey bee and how a bee hive functions, this will include the life cycle of a honey bee, what the queen does, how honey is made, and looking at alternative ways of bee keeping.  Talks at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.

There is limited space for these sessions – booking is essential.  If possible, book by email or call 079888 37951.

There are lots more activities during the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project is a community food project based on nine plots in the north-east of the city between four housing estates: the Bates, Hollingdean, Bevendean and Moulsecoomb Estates.  They have just published their latest annual report.  It explains about the amazing range of activities that they have been involved with in 2009 and their plans for the future.  Click here for the Annual Report (PDF).  For more information about the project, visit their website at

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