“We create a safe but challenging outdoor experience where participants can learn and develop skills, gain confidence and a deeper understanding of themselves and others, while widening their opportunities in the community.”
We're a Lottery-funded project who run sessions in outdoor settings around Lewes for people with mental health challenges, learning disabilities and physical health issues.
Video of Susannah at Lewes Community Allotment
Susannah tells us about her experience attending Flourish at Lewes Community Allotment, and how it has given her the skills and confidence to start a horticulture course at Plumpton College.
Video of clients at Baulcombes Barn
Video of Apple Pressing at Brighton Permaculture Trust
What we seek to do is help people who come along to our sessions to feel:
- more confident
- that they learnt something
- that they spent some time doing something interesting in the company of other people
We’re also interested in helping people that come to us to find out how they might move on, perhaps to jobs or other projects or activities that support them doing what they’re interested in.
What we offer
If you’d like to come along to a friendly allotment, learn about gardening, grow some food and meet some great people, we offer regular drop-in sessions at Lewes Community Allotment on the Nevill, Wednesday afternoons throughout the year and the last Saturday of every month between March-October.
Tasks we tackle vary from week to week and depend on the season. But you might learn how to prune an apple tree, how to plant seeds and look after different crops, or how to grow a vegetable you’ve never heard of.
We offer taster sessions at Baulcombes Barn in Hamsey, learning about farming and working with the animals there.
We also run an annual three-day course partially at Ringmer Community Orchard. We work with supported interns from Plumpton College, with the aim of teaching them new skills. The course involves picking and pressing apples, bottling the juice, and designing bottle labels ready for selling.
Brandon tells about his experience attending Flourish 'Apple Project' at Ringmer Community Orchard, and how his graphic design have developed as a result of winning the 'best label' competition.
Funded by the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. Flourish has been running since September 2015.