Stanmer Organics and Earthship Brighton
Stanmer Organics is a community non-profit organisation working on 17 acres of council land in Stanmer Park.
The area is used for horticultural, agricultural and educational purposes using only organic growing techniques, as well as environmental art. Earthship Brighton is used for meetings, training, events and administration.
The Earthship Brighton is one of only two earthships in the UK. The award-winning ‘green building’ is constructed from waste car tyres and other recycled materials and uses the planet’s natural systems to provide all its utilities. The Low Carbon Trust manages and provides regular public tours of Earthship Brighton to educate and inspire people about sustainable living and low carbon technologies
Brighton Permaculture Trust
Brighton Permaculture Trust manages two old orchards organically at Stanmer and has a small tree nursery at Stanmer Organics where it propagates heritage Sussex apple varieties.
Apple Day at Stanmer Park is a free annual event (usually on the last Sunday in September) where people can eat fruit and produce from the orchards, enjoy juicing and other children’s activities, go on tours of the orchard and much more.
Courses include permaculture, fruit growing and eco-building. Many of these are run from the Earthship and other Stanmer sites.
Fork and Dig it
Fork And Dig It is a not-for-profit community growing project practising and promoting low-impact organic horticulture on a beautiful site at Stanmer Organics in the stunning surroundings of Stanmer Park, Brighton.
Run by volunteers, the project grows organic fruit and vegetables in as bio-diverse way as possible on two acres of Soil Association-accredited land in the tranquil outskirts of the Great Wood that borders the South Downs National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fork And Dig It supplies produce to the local community through independent retailers such as Infinity Foods, and through Veg Share, Brighton's first community-supported agriculture scheme.
Teaching and learning from other people and groups as it grows, Fork And Dig It aims to promote long, happy, healthy lives by cultivating delicious, nutritious and affordable local produce in a long-term sustainable way.
Sussex Wildlife Trust
The plot is known as The Wildlife Garden (or just 'The Garden'), and is managed and maintained by two groups organised by Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) - The Youth Rangers (16 to 25) and the Wildlife Rangers (12 - 16).
It started life as a field of nettles and has been transformed over the last few years into an area of diverse habitats. SWT has built a fantastic pond which is now full of all kinds of pond plants, amphibians, insects and other bugs and a "meadow in the corner" full of wonderful flowers and other plants and insects.
The groups meet up at The Garden most Thursdays and cook a delicious lunch of sausages, stew and salads with veg grown on the neighbouring plot.
- For further information on Stanmer Organics and Earthship Brighton visit the Low Carbon Trust website. Regular open days are listed in the Events diary.