Growing food and our community
The project links two growing sites in Eastbourne, a new community garden in Langney Village and an allotment in Gorringe Rd, Upperton. It will also link other food growing projects in and around Eastbourne and support the development of new community growing sites. All residents will be encouraged to grow extra produce in their own gardens too in order to share them with those suffering from food poverty via our established networks.
Langney Village is one of the most deprived areas of Eastbourne and the site to be developed is currently a large open area of grass, only used for dog walking by local residents as the ground is very uneven. It is surrounded by blocks of flats on one side and Langney Priory on the other, the oldest building in Eastbourne. The plan for this site is to develop an open community ‘kitchen’ garden, growing fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, herbs and perennial vegetables in a way that residents of the area can enjoy all year round as a place to sit, relax, or get involved with the garden. We also manage Langney Community Centre close to the site, so we can tie the garden in with many of the community-based activities we organise there and hold events at the centre.
The second site is an allotment within the Gorringe Road allotments in Upperton, and consists of a plot with a summerhouse and greenhouse. At this site the emphasis would be more traditional fruit and vegetable growing as well as plant propagation for the Langney site.
Create a new community garden in Langney Village
Encourage and support community gardening across Eastbourne
Promote local food production,
share seeds, plants and knowledge
This project is based at dual sites
Langney Community Centre, Etchingham Road, Eastbourne, BN23 7DX (At the rear of the building)
The building is fully accessible by wheelchairs and has two accessible toilets, one at the front of the building and one in the café.
Gorringe Road Allotments, Gorringe Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8XL
The Gorringe Road allotments are also accessible but the growing beds are not raised which may make it difficult for wheelchair users. There are however raised beds at the allotment site opposite our plot, if you need raised beds please let us know.