Lighting of Brighton & Hove Annual Christmas Tree – Palmeira Square

Floral Clock Christmas Tree poster

Floral Clock Christmas Tree poster





Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project is a small award winning charity that packs a big punch in East Brighton.

Our community gardens are a melting pot of people and our work targets some of the cities most troubled youngsters. We’ve been going nearly 20 years and have got an impressive track record. Now we are beginning to be able to offer pupils the chance to get qualifications, our work has become even more important. 

So we are asking if you can help make us as sustainable as the fruit and vegetables we grow.

We currently raise £130 a month through our Friends of the Forest Garden fund where people make monthly standing orders. We would love to get this to £500 before Christmas.

So could you afford £2 or more a month and save us from endless grant applications so we can get on with the job that we are good at.

£2 a month will buy all our broad bean seeds for the year 
£5 a month will buy us a new wheelbarrow and fork
£10 a month will buy us all our seed potatoes for the year

We aren’t a big charity. None of us are on a big wage. We don’t have an office. Our overheads are low. Our advertising budget is zero. We rely on goodwill and freebies and some fantastic volunteers to get by. That’s not to say we aren’t professional!

We do charge schools for our services and self-generate 35% of our funds. 

If you become a Friend not only will you get that warm feeling of making a big difference, but you will be the first to find out details of our events and get an invite to our Christmas party where it always snows!

People’ Health Trust – funding programme

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity which funds local groups with great ideas in order to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. Their funding newsflash can be seen at this link, and tells you all you need to know about Active Communities. The Guidance Notes can also be found at

They have just opened ‘Active Communities’ in South East England, a funding programme which may be of interest to groups and charities in your area. They are offering grants of between £5,000-£50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The programme closes for applications on Wednesday 27 November 2013 at 12pm.

Applying couldn’t be easier – the form is online, and there is detailed guidance to support applicants through each step.

contact  Susan Brown or Will Steadman on 0207 697 4023.

George Tyson Media Officer T: 0207 697 4017 E:


Withdean Park – volunteers call

Withdean Park

Withdean Park

Volunteers are being sought to help with conservation work at Withdean Park and Pond. The Friends of Withdean Park are appealing for helpers to enable them to restore the area’s lilacs to National Collection status. They also need assistance with general maintenance . The group will meet on Sunday October 20th from 10am to 1pm. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. For more information  and to register to take part go to


2013 Winners

.Best Basement Category Waterloo Street FIRST

Congratulations to all this years winners.  See our Winners photos on our COMPETITIONS 2013  page.  Plus award ceremony photos . Cheers Paul







25 gardens opening for big dig week.

The Big Dig Week,  is back
between the 16th and 22nd September.

25 gardens are taking part throughout the week, showcasing a diverse
range of community projects in parks, allotments and forests. We’ve
devised three trails for people to follow so they can find out what’s
growing in their neighbourhood.

Activities include:

sowing crops for the winter – harvesting the last of the summer produce
– visit a bug hotel – propagating herbs – tasting the first of the
season’s apples – community picnics – planting trees – quiz walks –
guided tours – building a fruit cage – flower and herb identity walks

Use this map to find a garden near you and click on the pins to find out
more and volunteer <> .

Ditchling Road

Brighton & Hove City Council is to receive £337,000 to improve the route along Ditchling Road for adjacent communities and people from the city centre to access the National Park by bike, foot and bus. £100, 000 has already been won for the route in 20013/14 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid.

The council is emailing interest groups and stakeholders this week and residents can take part in the consultation at from Monday, 19th August, or call the transport planning team on (01273) 290487 for more information.

Level to reopen at the end of September

Looking forward to the reopening of the new level this September.  Here’s a  preview of things to come.

The Level 12

Take It Home campaign

The Argus have launched a Take It Home campaign.

Aimed at beachgoers it asks them to take their rubbish with them when they have finished on the beach.

 To take this to the next level they have teamed with the council to hold their own clean-up.

On the morning of Monday July 29nd local businesses, restaurants, bars, attractions and hotels will be joining them to clean up as much as they can.

 Hopefully the event and all the associated publicity will persuade people to start taking their litter with them. 

We will keep you posted on this initiative.

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project open day on Friday 12th July 2013

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project are having an open day on Friday 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 where there will be demonstrations of natural fire lighting, making spoons & making string from tree bark & nettles * snacks & light refreshments for sale

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

Fore directions and more info or call 07988837951