The Plot

Meander through Stanmer Park, on the epic hunt for the Earthship, and you may stumble across a collection of strange collection of allotment-like plots.

It’s organically certified by the Soil Association in the area called Stanmer Organics, a cooperative menagerie of community groups and organisations that is leased from Brighton & Hove City Council.

The Brighton Permaculture Trust Plot

Born at Stanmer Organics in 2006!

The 'Plot 'is a LAND (Learning And Network Demonstration) site and shows Permaculture in action, working in the real world, with real world challenges. It’s a weekly link between the sustainability and resilience Brighton Permaculture Trust is passionate about and the general public.

At the Plot, we have a polytunnel with seedling and drying areas, nursery, diverse forest garden, annuals, herbs and edible perennial beds, a sociable firepit, wood shed, pizza oven and more!

It is also a site used for:

  • Experimenting with new and emerging small scale sustainable growing methods
  • Propagating Sussex apple trees for planting out in community gardens all around Sussex, AND we have a perennial nursery where hardy low maintenance plants are grown and sold to generate funds for the Plot
  • Sharing. We open the plot to Forest Schools, for tours and activities with students, at Stanmer Organics, Apple Day and Permaculture Open days, and it is used in several of the Brighton Permaculture Trust courses and workshops.

Sounds and rhythms foraged from the plot edited with songs and poems performed by our volunteers to promote the hands-on experience of volunteering and learning about sustainable growing

We get around 700 visitors per year!

Get your hands dirty

As a volunteer at the Plot you can get…
Hands on experience in techniques and learn the reasons behind:

  • Uses and benefits of ‘weeds’
  • Resource utilisation in agriculture

See in action:

  • Forest gardening
  • Water harvesting
  • Composting
  • Seed saving
  • Perennial propagating

Taste for yourself:

  • Edible plants that can be grown using these methods

It’s a real open space for discussion and sharing ideas on growing methods, and social and economic regeneration, and the lunches are legendary! And as you can see from our video, at the top of the page, we also have crazy plot days of music and celebration!

Sign up if you like sociable, outdoor hands-on growing with sustainability learning thrown in and come join us at the Plot, every Thursday 10:30-15:00. We're always looking for new volunteers.

For more information about volunteering for Brighton Permaculture Trust, see our Volunteeringpages.

Plotted historyLearn more


For more of the history behind the plot, view/download Fran Pickering's "plotted history" (PDF).

The plot is a lovely place to learn about permaculture in action, and we hope its history will continue to evolve and expand.


Our vision for the site:

'To create an inspiring, educational and sustainable permaculture LAND demonstration site, including a food forest garden. Through holistic permaculture design ethics, permaculture principles and tools helping to create an ideal educational space that promotes regenerative culture with a minute carbon footprint.'

Support us

Volunteer with us. The team are at the plot on Thursdays, 10:30-15:00

The plot team would welcome donations to help us fund extra materials, tools and plants. Can you help us out?