Flourish

We have been a three year Lottery-funded project. We ran sessions in outdoor settings around Lewes from September 2015 to August 2018. These were for people with mental health challenges, learning disabilities and physical health issues.

Thanks to everyone who was involved and who supported our work, and thanks to the Lottery for the funding.

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Quotes about Flourish, Lewes

Flourish ran different groups in three outdoor settings around Lewes

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
  • fitter
  • that they learnt something
  • happier
  • 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 will continue to 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.

Find out more by contacting Sarah Rideout

Grading apples

We ran annual three-day courses, partially at Ringmer Community Orchard (find out more about RCO here). We worked with supported interns from Plumpton College, with the aim of teaching them new skills. The course involved 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.

Young people processing apples
Hearty Apple Juice
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