Stanmer Wellbeing Gardens is a 4-acre site situated in the heart of Stanmer Park, on the outskirts of Brighton. It borders the walled garden, Plumpton College and Stanmer Organics.
There are 13 ‘plots’ within the gardens, with a range of habitats, some are used for food-growing, others for wildlife conservation and several woodland areas.
Stanmer Wellbeing Gardens was previously known as Nourish Community Farm managed by Care Co-ops, it then became Stanmer Community Farm managed by The Platform. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership started managing the site in 2018.
12 community groups are currently using the site for community food growing and outdoor education activities. These include:
Stanmer Community Garden Group brings volunteers and vulnerable adults together in a mutually supportive group, preparing beds, sowing, planting and learning about raising fruit and vegetables
The Centre for Ecotherapy provides support for vulnerable people in the local community, aiming to improve and maintain well-being through the use of nature-based and horticultural therapies, mindfulness and practical activities. They look after an organic allotment garden growing fruit and vegetables
North Laine Community Association Allotment A community allotment for residents of the North Laine area. Growing heritage dye plants and flax
Wild Garden Project – is a volunteer led group that aims to empower people and children in traditional skills; such as Geodesic (shelter) dome making, pot building, earth kilns, weaving, art, whittling, outdoor cooking etc; we share food on our lovely plot
Second Nature run a wide range of outdoor learning experiences, for children of all ages, acquiring a combination of forest, field and wilderness skills to create kinship with, and an awareness of, nature and wildlife.
Brighton Waldorf School Parent & child group woodland group connected with the school
Meadowsweet Waldorf inspired Parent and child group – Birth – 4.5 years
CommonPlace aims to produce a range of cultural activities to support ecological awareness and encourage deeper connection with the outside world. Including listening, field recording, writing, walking and image-making.
Bee in the Woods a forest school kindergarten
Wild Bee A wildlife-centred community food project, specialising in growing edible flowers and useful pollinator friendly plants to encourage local biodiversity.
The Plot – A sanctuary space for sharing and nurturing creativity, community spirit and connection. With expertise in working with mental health, wellbeing and trauma-focused interventions – as well as working the land, horticulture and creative arts.
Woodland Buddhas – Experienced primary teachers, mindfulness practitioners and Forest School leaders. The sessions offered on the woodland garden site are a fusion of forest school activities and mindfulness skills, for families and children of ages 4-11
There are opportunities to volunteer at the gardens, in activities such as conservation management, pond-building, tree-care and more, if you would like to get involved please contact Helen Starr-Keddle. If you would like to volunteer for any of the projects please get in touch with them in the first instance.
There are still woodland plots available in the gardens – these are shared with other groups and you can hire by the day. If you would like to find out more, you can get in touch with Helen at any time to have a chat on 07850 002596 / 01273 234810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are activity partners on Brighton & Hove City Council’s Restoration Project for Stanmer Park. If you would like to find out more about the restoration project happening at Stanmer please go here