Lambing news from Baulcombes Barn


6 April 2016

I dropped into Baulcombes Barn yesterday (Tuesday 5th April) , when it was beautifully sunny and springlike, and had the pleasure of meeting the Grow project group who were there, working with Owena.

Owena kindly said it was fine for me to go and meet the lambs and take some photos. I was very careful to close all of the gates behind me as I went.

There were several different colours of lamb, some brown, some black, some a mixture. Some were absolutely tiny. Their mum was understandably nervous, so I approached very carefully and slowly, talking to her as I went. The little black lamb you can see came right up to me, baa-ing.

So far,  eighteen ewes have lambed so far, giving birth to 34 lambs.There are 19 ewes left still to lamb.

Posted by Emma Chaplin, Project Manager, Flourish

Open Events - come & meet us!

If you're interested in finding out more about what we do, we will be running a number of open events over the next few months.

Drop-in sessions at Baulcombes Barn

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Farmer and therapist Owena Lewis will be offering taster sessions on her smallholding at Hamsey.


If you might be interested, drop Emma an email flourishlewes@gmail.com

Lewes Community Allotment Open Drop-in Sessions


Our regular open sessions at the Lewes Community Allotment take place on the last Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, from March-November. We're based up the Nevill.

Meet co-ordinator Sarah Rideout, have a tour of the allotment, see if you might be interested in coming along regularly to spend some time outside, learning about gardening and growing food in good company.

Contact Sarah on flourishloap@gmail.com



Calling all photographers!

LOAP We've got what we think might make an interesting project for someone interested in photography, who could commit to doing something over a period of time.

Flourish has a large and very fine community allotment at a beautiful spot, high on up on the Downs by the Nevill estate in Lewes. People with mental health issues and learning disabilities go up there weekly for regular horticultural therapy sessions over the year. They grow vegetables, flowers, fruit, nuts. There are a couple of ponds and raised beds.

We want someone to take a photo from exactly the same spot once a week from 1 March to 1 Nov to see how the plot grows and flourishes! It wouldn't matter when the photo was taken, but ideally a similar day and time each week. It could make a great project for a photography student or someone interested in plants and wildlife.

We could pay expenses, and we'd hope to make a lovely montage at the end of it to share with everyone we work with.

If you might be interested, please contact Emma flourishlewes@gmail.com

Many thanks!