Welcome to Nurture Through Nature. The purpose of our organisation is to address food poverty in the City of Brighton & Hove, by growing and supplying fresh allotment produce to food banks and community centres. The food we grow is donated to the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project and the Brighton & Hove City Mission food bank. We also collect unwanted produce from other growers at the Moulsecoomb Allotments. This food is donated alongside our own thus increasing our contribution and reducing unnecessary food waste.
We have three community plots within the Moulsecoomb allotments, from which we run food growing groups on Wednesdays and Fridays. We encourage volunteers from the local area including those who are unemployed and/or socially isolated and actively involve them in planning how we use the plot over the growing season. We have student volunteers from both Brighton and Sussex Universities undertaking work placements with us as part of their degree requirements. We also accept larger groups for volunteering days.
In the Spring of 2019, Students from Sussex University filmed the following interview with our founder, Nick Blewitt:
“ Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to join you over the past few months. I have really enjoyed it and it has helped me to touch nature, meet some lovely people and get back on my feet. I wish you every success with the project and I am sure I will see you again in the future”.
Dan, October 2018
“I started volunteering at the Nurture through Nature allotment whilst taking a Level 2 RHS course in Practical Horticulture at Plumpton College. The practical experience I’ve gained has given me the hands-on skills and confidence to spur me on in my studies. There’s a regular team of leaders at the plot that are committed to sharing their knowledge, and also to progressing the overall aim of reducing local food poverty in a sustainable way. Volunteering at the plot has started me on my way to working professionally as a gardener, and the help of the team at Nurture through Nature has been invaluable!”
Terence, July 2018
“It has been a real pleasure to be part of the Nurture Through Nature project. After leaving my job, I wanted to invest time into some worthwhile volunteering and found the community allotment. The project is inspiring and the leaders are friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. It’s great to have some structure back in my life and feel like I’ve contributed to something really important. Food is a basic need often taken for granted and to be helping to grow it for others who may be in food poverty, whilst also reaping the therapeutic benefits of connecting with the land and the other volunteers, feels great. It’s a mutually beneficial and brilliant project.”
Sam, October 2017
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Your Help is Needed!
We rely on volunteers to help us grow food on our allotment. If you would like to join our weekly growing group, please read the information provided on this website and get in touch. If you think you can support us in ways other than gardening, then we’d love to hear from you.
A huge thanks to our funders for supporting our project and for making this all possible.