Welcome to Nurture Through Nature
An award-winning charity in the City of Brighton & Hove
The purpose of our organisation is to address food poverty in our City 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 Mondays 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:
A few words from our volunteers….
“I can’t recommend volunteering here highly enough. Not only did I feel valued, part of a team, learned new skills, had great fun and met truly beautiful and amazing people, but I also realised that working in nature gives you a surprisingly strong inner sense of well-being. It’s almost like a completely selfish good deed. Yes, the people who receive the donations benefit from the charity, and that’s absolutely fantastic, but what the volunteers gain is far beyond expectation.”
“I really looked forward to my Friday sessions on the allotment. I just loved the atmosphere there, everyone was so relaxed and easy going, working together was a pleasure and I really enjoyed even what some might consider the tedious jobs like weeding, as they were still very rewarding! The whole experience just allowed me to calm down and feel better able to cope with the other things going on in my life. They say that gardening is good therapy, but working on the plot was even better than that!”
“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.”
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Covid 19 – how we are managing. We usually work with groups of volunteers but, while we all need to keep our distance, we continue to grow loads of veg for foodbanks with just a few people.
Please do come back to us once restrictions have been lifted. We’re looking forward to meeting you.
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.