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.
You have found yourself in Stanmer Organics, an organically certified area that is leased from Brighton & Hove City Council by various community groups and organisations.
Since 2006, Brighton Permaculture Trust has been involved in developing one of those site, affectionately known as 'The Plot'.
The Point of the Plot
The aim of Brighton Permaculture Trust's plot at Stanmer Organics was originally to experiment with permaculture in action as well as demonstrating what permaculture is about.
During our involvement with the plot, we've experimented with different ways to use the site. It has been used to demonstrate techniques like sheet mulching, seed saving, water saving and composting.
Brighton Permaculture Trust's fruit tree passion has also infused the plot. Sussex apple trees have been propagated here, to then be planted out in community gardens all around Sussex. We have been trying out growing trees on their own root stock, as opposed to grafting them. The apple trees have formed the basis of guilds and the beginning of a forest garden.
There is a polytunnel on the site as well, which has been used to grow salads and herbs as well as seedlings.
Get your hands dirty
We're always looking for new volunteers to help us at the plot.
If you'd like to join in, simply sign up to our volunteer mailing list, and we'll email you as and when new opportunities become available.
We're also looking for donations to help us fund extra materials, tools and plants. Can you help us out?
The plot is a lovely place to learn about permaculture in action, and we hope its history will continue to evolve and expand.
You can find out more about our work on the Stanmer Organics website.
For more of the history behind the plot, view/download Fran Pickering's "plotted history" (PDF).