Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project,
Queensdown School Road,
This is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from about 12 til dusk. They have open days during the summer. There is a pond full of newts and a bonfire in a pit, a little house made of wattle and daub, a tree house and a willow tunnel for children to play in. Kids can help with the gardening, weeding etc, or just play. It is a real little paradise.
How to get there:
Bus: Numbers 25, 25A, 10, 24, 28 and 49. Get off at Brighton University (Cockcroft site) and walk along Lewes Road for a couple of minutes. Then turn left up Queensdown School Road. Follow road up and round, go under the railway bridge, then take first left. We are just past the electricity buildings.
Train: Moulsecoomb station is on the Brighton-Lewes line and is just two stops from Brighton station with trains running every 15 minutes. Come out of gate as you get out of the train and we are directly in front of you.
Car/bike: Go along the Lewes Road (there is a cycle track from Saunders Park) until you get to Brighton University. Turn left into Queensdown School Road. Follow road up and round, go under the railway bridge, then take first left. We are just past the electricity buildings.
Warren Carter established and co-ordinates the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project. He says "I moved to Brighton about eleven years ago. I was a self-employed gardener in my home town of Slough. When I come to the town I wanted to carry on growing food. I got a list of different allotment sites from the Council and just cycled around. I stuck my head over the fence at this one, and it was half-derelict, but I just thought it was perfect. There was something nice and secretive about it. So, we took one plot on, and it was basically a group of friends that were involved in the court house squat against the Criminal Justice Bill, so it was around '94. I met people that were interested in gardening. We took on another plot, and another one, and eventually over time we had an open day. Sixty local residents come and had a nose around. We gave the project a name and we started doing our regular work days. Now we do three regular work days a week."