The Whitehawk Community Food Project is entirely run by local volunteers!
The Whitehawk Community Food Project is a thriving and established community allotment, founded in 1996 as a local response to the Rio Earth Summit.
A beautiful, peaceful haven for nature, with sea views over the Marina and beyond. We have two ponds, a forest garden, picnic areas, compost loo, childrens play area, a variety of fruit trees and vegetable beds.
Other facilities include a sheltered seating areas, a shed for tools, storage, and cooking, and a summer house with sofas, chairs and a wood-burner. Volunteers can learn organic growing skills by taking part in tasks, supported by our core group of experienced volunteers.
The one acre site on Whitehawk Hill has been a treasured community asset since its inception and has helped hundreds of local residents gain access to organic fresh local food.
Local primary schools have visited us to learn about horticulture and attend garden eco sessions.
Many volunteers have learnt new skills that have improved their access to employment and further education.
Special needs education providers and local mental health services have particularly appreciated our calm and welcoming drop-in sessions.
And then unfortunately, in 2018, due to the last of the original founders leaving to pursue other projects, and the remaining volunteers struggling to cope, the WCFP started to become very overgrown and risked being closed permanently.
However, a new group of enthusiastic local volunteers have recently emerged and are busy returning the site to its former glory!
Supported bya wonderful group of volunteers and additionally supported by funding from organisations such as the SussexCommunity Foundation, the East Brighton Trust, Due East, Brighton and Hove Council and Infinity Foods,
We have held various group social and educational activities in collaboration with Chomp and Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group, as well as offering the space as a place for education for schools and colleges.
The WCFP will hopefully continue to serve its community for another twenty years!