Our project & getting involved

In 2017 and beyond, we are growing food on a large plot at the Moulsecoomb allotments, just off of Natal Road. We are looking for volunteers to help us develop the plot into a productive community allotment. Food grown will be shared amongst the volunteers and distributed to those in most need in the local community, including food banks. Volunteers will learn allotment food growing skills and be part of a friendly and supportive group.

We welcome adults (over 18s only) who are open to learning basic food growing skills within a friendly team environment. No previous experience of gardening is required. Tasks will be tailored to physical abilities taking note of any health considerations.

The group runs weekly from 10.30am-3.30pm on Fridays. We run two sessions during the day, 10.30am-1pm and 1pm-3.30pm. Or stay all day. The allotment gates are locked, so volunteers meet at the allotment gates at 10.30am for the morning session and 1pm for the afternoon session.

Please contact us beforehand if you are planning to come along, so that we know to expect you. 

The Mouslecoomb allotments are located at the top of Natal Road, behind Mithras House on Lewes Road. Lewes Road is well-served by buses. Please note that the allotment entrance on Natal Road is located up quite a steep hill. There is some parking within the allotments site and there is room for 1 or 2 cars directly next to our plot. However, parking in the roads outside of the allotment site is not metered and there are always parking spaces close-by.

Volunteers should bring the following:

– Suitable sturdy footwear for gardening and digging (no open toed shoes). 

– Suitable clothing including a sun hat and/or wet weather gear;

– Suncream;

– Food and drinks for personal consumption (including lunch).

Although we strive to be all-inclusive in our volunteer recruitment, please note that volunteers will need a reasonable level of fitness and physical mobility as the plot is located on quite a large allotment plot with uneven ground. Unfortunately since this project is under development, we are not yet set-up for wheelchair access.

We have installed a camping-style toilet in a shed at our allotment shed, but bear in mind that facilities are simple. There is a fresh water tap on our allotment for drinking water and hand washing.