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
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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