Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Tree Planting Day

Sunday 20th Nov @ 10am

The garden has been given free native tree saplings from the Woodland Trust to be planted during the National Tree Week.

We will plant the trees along the fence to make a beautiful wildlife hedge. A trench has been dug already so the event will be suitable for the whole family. Food will be cooked on site during the day. Bring warm clothing.

All welcome!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Autumn Events

Halloween Party

Sunday 30th 0ctober @ 3pm

  • Come along with the whole family
  • · Pumpkin carving
  • · Pumpkin soup making
  • · Candle decorating
  • · Spooky story telling for children around the open fire (child friendly!)

All welcome!

Tree Planting Day

Sunday 20th Nov @ 10am

The garden has been given free native tree saplings from the Woodland Trust to be planted during the National Tree Week.

We will plant the trees along the fence to make a beautiful wildlife hedge. A trench has been dug already so the event will be suitable for the whole family. Food will be cooked on site during the day. Bring warm clothing.

All welcome!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Family Day

A huge thank you to everyone who made it a lovely day at the garden today.
Like Ross said; it's times like these that make it all worth it. The garden really is meant to be full of people chatting, working, eating, playing, foraging and enjoying the summer sunshine.
Have a look at the pictures to the right. Or click here to access the slide show as ALL pictures are there, not just today's.

Monday, 15 August 2011

point of view - 14 August 2011

From the southwest corner, looking north along the fence at the current end of the path.

Looking northeast toward the shed behind the only remaining overgrown area.

Looking east at the bottom of the site.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Family Day

Come along to a fun packed family day at the garden on

The day is hosted by Friends of Bevendean Downs and Bevendean Community Garden

We will:
Do some light work
Go apple picking and apple pressing
Have some food
Enjoy ourselves!

All Welcome

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Work update - tools appeal

Hi all,
Jeanette, Liz and I went to the carboot on Sunday and began collecting tools (see below). It is amazing what one can do with a bit of sand paper and oil. If you or your neighbours have in your shed some old tools in need of TLC, we would happy to come and collect them.
Spread the word.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Help is needed!!

works on the garden have now started in earnest. We are desperate to get as much help as possible to get things done early and properly. A few major things need to be dealt with before planting can start (Fence, Shed, Pond, mostly).
If you are interested in this project, now is the time to step forward and be counted.
Public workdays are Thursdays 9-12 and Sundays 1-4, although at the moment, there is someone on site at all times.
So why not come down and have a look for yourself?
Get in touch (has there been a better time to be outside?).

Sunday, 19 June 2011

And here we go at last (again!)

Thanks to those who turned up today and helped with clearance. A little introduction by Jeanette was swiftly followed by some real action. (photos are on the side or here)
The next public meeting is on Thursday 23rd June from 9.00 to 12.00.
For the foreseeable future, we are aiming at having at least 2 public work days a week: Thursday 9.00 to 12.00 and Sunday 13.00 to 16.00. If you fancy to meet someone on site there should be someone around at these times at least.
If you want to work at any other time, you can add a comment below and someone will get back to you.
Many Thanks.

Friday, 17 June 2011


Dear All,
Work can begin on site now!
We would like as many as possible to come along for a site meeting on Sunday at 3pm.
We will discuss the following:

• Erecting the fence around the site
• Digging for water installation
• Clearing site of vegetation
• Rubbish clearance
• Clearing site where the shed is going
• Digging pond
• Other ideas...

These are our summer tasks and although there is very little food growing on this list I am sure we’ll have a good time!
....and perhaps we’ll get some winter crops growing soon.

Hope to see you on Sunday,

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Meeting on site - Friday 22 April, 11.00am

Hi Everyone,

We are still positive about the planning application coming through by the 27th. It might be nice for all to meet on site somethimes next week. I have penciled Friday for now. We can start discussing and organising what comes nex; fencing, planting, setting up camp, etc.

Meeting by the scouts' hut at 11.00am.

See you all then.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Ready, steady, grow...

Seed exchange, pot making and some planting took place this afternoon at the Lecca cafe. Thanks to everyone who could make it. Lecca cafe provided a warm welcome and wonderful cakes which were appreciated by all.

The serious planting is but a month away.

Next, we have to organise the fencing which must be ready to happen as soon as we have the go ahead from the planners (hopefully by the 27th of April). The idea is to get one of the local contractors (contact has been made) to provide material and direction, and for everyone to join in for the installation. If all goes well, this could happen during the bank holiday weekend of the royal wedding at the end of the month. Make sure to be ready; help will be needed.

We will keep posting as we near the date but feel free to let us know if you are interested in helping on the day, by posting a response on this blog or by emailing us.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Please come along to chat about the garden and to plant some seeds for you to look after until we have the garden (hopefully in the beginning of May).

@ Lecca Cafe

8 Leybourne Parade
Lower Bevendean

Brighton BN2 4LW

Saturday 2 April

Tea, coffee, and cakes on the house!

All Welcome,

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Planning Application

Dear all,

The planning application for change of land use was 'made valid' on the 2 March. This means that a decision should be taken before or on the 27 April. It has taken long to complete because of its rigour.

The lease with the council is ready to sign and we are meeting soon in order to do this.

The council has also taken down some trees on site to give us more light and to clear around an old hard standing of concrete where our shed will go. These trees were Sycamore trees of no particular ecological value. The Friends of Bevendean Downs were consulted and are happy with the trees coming down. Nearby residents were also informed but the decision was taken by the council as the trees had no conservation order. The local ranger Gary had already planned to take these trees down before our request as part of clearing the location. The process was made easier as a result. Lots of thanks to Gary! The wood from the trees can be used to make raised beds, seats or used to burn if we make a clay oven in the future.

We should all be positive now as the application has already been validated. This means that it has been carefully looked at by a planning officer prior to submission. Applications do not go through unless they are proper and follows all relevant legislation and planning laws. Lots of thanks to Mmedo for his expertise in planning; it wouldn't have been possible without you.

We would like to hold a meeting in Lecca cafe sometime in March so watch this space for info.

Also, would anyone like to help handing out some leaflets in Bevendean? We have 500 nice ones that promotes the garden. If so, please email

All the best,

Sunday, 6 February 2011

little update

Hi everyone,
Today Seedy Sunday donated some seeds to us. It was a very positive day being able to ponder on what to grow rather than what to write. There's been too many applications to fill in lately.
It's getting there though. More funding has been awarded and we are working round the clock to submit the planning application.
As we cannot expect to be digging until April, when the season will be in full swing, we have started to think about growing practicalities. We have decided to get Bevendean primary school involved. One of us will go in to plant some seeds with the children. They can then look after the plants as they grow and come and plant them later in the spring. This way they are involved early on and the garden will have some plants growing in the summer.
If you want, you can do the same at home!