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Our plot is a peaceful and relaxing setting where volunteers can learn about growing food and beneficial plants, whilst immersed in nature. We run inclusive and friendly weekday and weekend supervised volunteer sessions that can cater to all ages and abilities. We manage our plot using regenerative and permaculture practices, using mainly light hand tools and no digging. Volunteering with Wild Bee can include activities such as planting, seed sowing, plant propagation, seed saving, mulching, watering, harvesting and preparing growing areas. If you have particular skills or there is anything you would especially like to help with, or wish to learn, do get in touch to see if we can accommodate this. In return for your time, we usually offer a share of our yield on the day. We also offer private group and team building sessions. Please contact us if you would like to join us or for more information.Contact Us
How we grow
Wild plants are part of and help maintain biodiversity; they are much more than just 'weeds'.
Pesticide use is a main driver in declining insect numbers, whereas we work to encourage beneficial insects.
Soil is alive with microorganisms, bacteria and mycelium networks, unnecessary digging impacts this vital balance.
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Please wear suitable footwear and clothing appropriate to work in, and for the expected weather. Clothing that can cover arms and legs in spring and summer is best as we have some wild areas. Our plot catches the sun throughout the year, so a hat, water and sunblock are advisable. If you have gardening gloves and hand tools you prefer to use, bring those along too.
We have relaxing breaks together and can make tea, so please bring a cup if you can. Lunch is spent either under the shade of the medlar tree, beside our wildlife pond or around our fireside gathering area. In summer we sometimes prepare a shared vegetarian BBQ.
Our plot is a short walking distance from the newly renovated One Garden in Stanmer Park, and is part of The Stanmer Wellbeing Gardens managed by Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.
Regular bus routes run to the front entrance of Stanmer Park (25), Falmer Station (23, 25, 28/29) or to the back of the park through the woods near the top of Ditchling Rd (24), throughout the week. On weekends there is an extra bus service that runs through the park to Stanmer Church (78). The train to Falmer Station is a short walk away.
You can cycle to the main park entrance, along a designated cycle path from Brighton. Bikes can also be carried on the train to Falmer station (where there are ramps) and it is a pleasant cycle along the new off-road track parallel to the Stammer Park drive.
If you drive, Stanmer Park main entrance is accessed via Stoneymere Way, just off the Lewes Road, Brighton. BN1 9PY.
There is vehicular access to our gate, however where possible we advise parking in the main car park, from where there is step free access via a short walk to our site. If you have any particular questions about accessibility, please contact us.
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