Flourishing with PLOT 22

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We arrived at Lewes Community Allotment on a very beautiful morning greeted by the sunny smiles of Emma Chaplin, Project Manager of Flourish and Sarah Rideout, the Flourish Allotment Co-ordinator.

It was a terrific experience learning from a long established community allotment. They gave us detailed information and stories over hot cross buns with refreshing drinks as we sat under a shelter made on site from chestnut.

The location is breathtaking for it is on the edge of the South Downs next to sheep and stables.  We were inspired and returned to PLOT 22 that afternoon feeling we had been somewhere special.  Sharing the same mission of bringing the healing qualities of Mother Nature to the local community.

More details on the Flourish blog and photos here.

post author Angela McKay (volunteer)


Lady Gardeners visit Saddlescombe Farm


On Thursday our Lady Garden group visited Saddlescombe Farm nestled at the foot of Devils Dyke just outside Brighton. 'Coombe' is the Celtic word for valley.   


This working farm is recorded in the Domesday Book.  It was once owned by the Knight Templars for a 100 years who used the profits to keep the Pilgrim's way safe to Jerusalem.  The Manor House, stables, cottages and farm buildings have been preserved beautifully from the 1800's and before with natural wooden beams, flint stone walls and rendering. Our afternoon tour in the sunshine was nurtured by lots of interesting information eg how oxen bring in bales on a cart through one set of doors and exit via a lower height doors in the farm building they used too make grain.  Now a museum with original farming machines. Their vegetable garden has boxed hedging with an adjoining ancient fruit orchard.

We walked around the steep embankment of Newtimber Hill a chalk grassland where lots of sweet little violets were growing and other species can grow because this piece of land has never been cultivated with fertiliser.  Cattle and sheep have grazed there for hundreds of years.

The newly converted learning centre has museum pieces of flint tools found on the farm and collated by NT volunteers.  The lambing had begun with 22 lambs being born the night before.  Open days for the public to see the lambs 1-2 and 8-9 April.  www.camillaandroly.co.uk 

post author: Angela McKay (volunteer)