Tuesday, 2 November 2010

planning application

Dear Gardeners,
We have had meetings with the council.
Hence, we are now entering the last phase before signing the lease. This might take some time so please be patient. At the moment we are in the process of submitting a planning application. This has to take the time it takes unfortunatelly but we can still do other things like fundraising or come up with ideas so please let us know of any that you have. We have one volunteer on the case with a notice in the school newsletter but maybe someone else could advertise for volunteers elsewhere?
Happy Autumn to you all.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

A site in sight

Dear all,
Many thanks to the ones who came to last night's meeting.
We are very happy to say that we now have a site. The site is the old horticultural site just above the Scout Hut and is really beautiful. We had hoped that we could convince neighbours to agree to the Scout Hut site but as no agreement was possible we are now ready to face the challenges that come with the site we have. Neighbours are now happy and we know that this means a lot for everyone and will help to pave the way for a bright future.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Public Consultation Meeting

The next consultation meeting is on this Wednesday. Please come along to press for a decision to be taken regarding a site. We want a site ready for the spring.

Public Consultation Meeting
Wednesday 13 October
Holy Nativity Church Hall
Norwich Drive

Friday, 17 September 2010

report on site consultation 20 Sep

Thanks to all who came along to the Fun Day in June.
The questionnaire you filled in has now been evaluated and we have the most popular sites. They are: the Scout Hut, Bodiam Avenue and Knepp Close.
It is now up to the council to carry out further consultation and also to consult their ecologist regarding all possible sites.
If you are interested in more information on this process, want to get involved or have questions please come along to the next ABC meeting in Bevendean on Sep 20, the Church Hall at 6.30pm. Please note that only a small part of this meeting is dedicated to Bevendean Community Food Garden.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Bevendean Family Fun Day

Please come along to a family fun day on Saturday the 17th of July!
We will be there to present the alternative sites for the garden that have now been identified by council officers (and by the help of Friends of Bevendean Downs). We would like your opinion and for all the pros and cons to be discussed.

There will also be many other things for the family to join into.

Bevendean school field 11-4pm

All Welcome!!

Monday, 28 June 2010

June 2010

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since the last update. After the last public meeting in Bevendean a survey was circulated by the council to investigate peoples view of the project and the proposed site. The findings of the survey are positive as it suggests a number of mitigation measures that could be accepted by neighbours. Here are the links to the report:

You can see the report on page 19 at:


And these are the minutes:


See page 4 for discussion around the Bevendean proposal

Unfortunately, at the last decision making stage councillor Maria Caulfield still felt that there was too much resistance to the project. The current status is that the site behind the Scout hut is on hold while officers try to identify alternative sites in Bevendean. As a group, we are now waiting to hear back from the council regarding these alternatives. In the meanwhile, Maria Caulfield has agreed to meet the group to hear more about the proposal.

Can we take this opportunity to invite all interested to attend the Bevendean Fun Day on the 17th of July where we will have a stall with further information about how you can get involved!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Public meeting on Thursday the 22nd of April at 7.00pm

Bevendean Community Garden will take part to a public consultation meeting organised by Brighton & Hive City Council and chaired by Robert Brown.
You are all encouraged to come and voice your support or raise your concerns.

The meeting will take place on the 22nd of April at the Church Hall on Norwich Drive at 7.00pm.

All welcome. Help will always be appreciated.

Friday, 2 April 2010

We need your Support Now!

Bevendean Community Garden is proposing to bring the residents together to grow fruits and vegetables locally using organic methods. This is the chance for the local community to take another step towards more sustainable living. The produce of the Garden will be shared among the volunteers who take part to the project. One of the aims of the Garden is also to bring the Bevendean community, old and young, together.

Situated at the heart of Bevendean, between the surgery, the school and the community Church, the proposed site is easily accessible to all its residents and sits beautifully at the feet of the South Downs. The project will provide a wonderful opportunity for everyone to engage in healthy activities and to experience their natural environment in new rewarding ways.

Everyone is encouraged to join; no prior experience necessary. This is the perfect chance to learn about growing your own food.

If you want an alternative to supermarket food and are interested in a low carbon future, show your support for the Bevendean Community Garden. Some funding for the project has already been secured and the last hurdle is to secure this site.

We need you to make this happen. Please leave your comments and show your support by clicking here.

You are also invited to express your support at the next consultation meeting which will take place on Thursday the 22nd of April at 7.00pm
at the Church Hall on Norwich Drive.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Forward and Onward

The first public consultation meeting took place this afternoon. A big thank you to all of those who attended. It was a first encounter for many and perhaps the discussions that took place were a little intimidating for some. Nonetheless, it was great to see you all and hear your views about the project.
The people who expressed themselves more voicefully were those whose houses lay directly adjacent to the site and the concerns were taken up very competently by Brighton and Hove City Council. It has to be pointed out that many of those expressing concerns also had a lot of good things to say about the project itself. The site visit that followed illustrated that many will be supportive provided that their concerns are addressed and possible mitigation measures were already being discussed.
Overall, a good thing done. A few frictions, lots of energy, a positive day for Bevendean.
To all of you today who had questions that remain unanswered, please feel free to post a comment by clicking on the link below. We will do our best to answer them all.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Response to comments

We are very excited at having received comments about the project, both via this blog and by people approaching us in other ways. Whilst most of the feedback we have received so far has been extremely positive and encouraging, we have also been approached by some members of the community expressing some reasonable concerns. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure the residents of the houses adjacent to the garden that their opinions are extremely valuable to us and have welcomed their involvement so far.The public consultation meeting on Sunday will be the opportunity for those who have not come forward yet to come and exchange views on what should (and should not) happen to the garden.
It is clear that the word has spread around the community that food will be grown on site. We are very happy about this as it bodes well for future community involvement. For this project to succeed, everyone's participation will be paramount.
You may contact us either by posting a comment responding to one of the posts on this blog or by emailing us at bcg@generalimprovement.co.uk.
We look forward to meeting you all on Sunday the 28th of March at the Church Hall on Norwich Drive from 2 to 3.30pm and have no doubt that by then, you will be as excited as we are about the prospects the garden offers the community.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Well, it's cleared...

In excess of 20 people attended the clearance day at the garden and clear it they did! Bevendean residents were joined by a very efficient and well equipped group of volunteers from Mouchel.

Once the ecological survey got out of the way (thanks to a long winter, no birds where found nesting in the brambles) the strimmers got started, a pyre was lit and the long awaited project truly got under way. Everybody worked really hard and a great deal was accomplished today. The brambles have been eliminated (but for the small detail of digging out the roots) and an enormous amount of rubbish was piled to the side so as to facilitate its removal.

Everybody seemed genuinely excited about the prospects that the garden offers the area; none more so than Harry whose house is directly adjacent. Garry Meyer and Will, B&HCC Rangers, popped by and gave us some posts for future fencing as well as words of encouragement about our general demeanor. Councilor David Smart, made a guest appearance and also seemed pleased with our little Enterprise. Even Andrea, from the nearby Lecca Cafe, came to inspect the progress made.

Whilst everyone earned a real pat on the back for their hard work, special mention has to be given to those who took of their time and travelled some significant distances to see this project get off the ground. Catrin, Claire and Mia came down from London as did Tom whose bramble removal skills are only matched by his ecological expertise. A big thank to Steve, who talks loud but works hard (and organised the strimmers - I don't want to think about where we would be had we used secateurs), as well as Peter and Paul from Mouchel (the company also made a donation to the project).

Overall a great day, blessed by a glorious weather. Next step is to dig out the roots left on site and then the real fun will begin.
Don't forget to come and join us at the public consultation event on Sunday the 28th of March (see below for details).

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Ideas are in the air

Post edited on 01.04.2010
Please note that the picture originally inserted in the post below has now been removed as it was
deemed confusing. It appears that some have interpreted it as a final design. It also appears that this picture did not make it obvious that Bevendean Community Garden's main objective is to grow vegetables and fruits. Whilst it saddens us to have to remove such image, it seems to be the only option in the current stage of development the garden is going through.
Please contact us directly should you wish to be sent a copy of the original image.

Clearing commences tomorrow and our head gardener has kept herself busy.
Here is a view of what the garden could look like (after a bit of work).

image removed

Remember that you can come and experiment with the layout during our public consultation meeting Sunday the 28th.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Here we are

The Site is there; the people are there; the spring is on its way.
Bevendean Community Garden is around the corner.
Local Food is but a season away.

Clearing starts on the 21st of March.

Community meeting takes place on the 28th of March at the Church Hall on Norwich Drive.

Find out about what is happening. Come and discuss your ideas for the Permaculture Garden. Discover what is being planned in the next few weeks.

All welcome. Help will always be appreciated.

Current status: Bramble monstrosity

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