Earlier this week a small group of BSUFN members spent the day getting active at a local community allotment. We visited Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project, a community-based project in Brighton. Moulsecoomb Forest Garden provides anyone in the community opportunities to engage in horticulture, carpentry, woodland management, and cookery. They particularly support environmental education and development of social skills for young people and engaging children in learning about food production and organic gardening.
BSUFN members joined other volunteers and got stuck in with planting, weeding and watering a range of fruit and vegetables being grown at the allotment. There was also an opportunity to get involved with bee keepers as they maintained the bee hives at the site. We also helped to cover a greenhouse which had been donated to the project.
The project is open to volunteers from 10am to 3pm every Tuesday and Friday and in return for their hard work volunteers are rewarded with a delicious meal for lunch, cooked on the open fire at the site.
The activism day came about when several members requested that BSUFN facilitate opportunities to get hands-on with food-related issues in the community surrounding Brighton and Sussex. Following a thoroughly enjoyable day at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project we hope to arrange more days volunteering there and other similar opportunities in the local community.
BSUFN are grateful to Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project for being so accommodating. It was an educational and inspiring day.