A protected biodiverse chalk reef runs along much of the shoreline of The Living Coast (see interactive map) at places such as Ovingdean Gap, with intertidal rock pools full of fascinating life such as:
Strawberry Anemone - variable red colour with green spots like strawberry pips
Common Whelk - large edible mollusc, whose distinctive egg cases clusters are found on strand lines
Limpet - small conical shells, whose teeth have the strongest known natural material!
Remember! Take care of both reef life and yourself, by:
wearing non-slip shoes
being mindful of where you tread
always putting any animals and stones back where you found them
Blackbird - beautiful mellow tuneful notes
Song Thrush (see pic) - repeated sets of phrases
Starling - a master mimic of chatter & calls
House Sparrow - constant chirps in towns
Skylark - persistent songster over the Downs
Hedgehogs - noisy sounds of mating in May!
Bats - ultrasound is inaudible to most people!
Some of our favourite more adventurous rides in The Living Coast (see interactive map) include:
Stanmer Park to Ditchling Beacon – on bridleways up from Stanmer village, with option to return from the South Downs Way and via Streathill farm. (9 miles return)
Devil’s Dyke trail – traffic-free easy access paths along the old railway line from Hangleton or next to the Dyke road from the A27 (4 miles return)
Falmer to Rottingdean off-road – path up to Woodingdean, and then bridleways via Castle Hill NNR and Balsdean to the coast. (5 miles one way)
Shoreham to Bramber –Downs Link – riverside path that follows River Adur. (4 miles 1-way)
Shoreham to Newhaven– National Cycle Route 2 – follows the south coast on a mix of cycle paths and roads. (16 miles one way)
Biosphere Boundary ride! – Cycle the Classic or Devil’s Dyke Loop routes on this annual charitable ride. (58 or 30 miles)
There's a range of groups you can volunteer with to help tackle litter in public spaces across The Living Coast, including:
Pier 2 Pier beach clean, Brighton – monthly mass litter picks between the Palace and West Piers
Tidy Up Team, Brighton & Hove – a new initiative to tackle litter in the city's parks, led by council rangers
Ovingdean beach cleans – regular events run by the Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers
Newhaven beach cleans – seasonal events organised by the rangers at Lewes District Council
Adur & Worthing community cleans – various events being held, including at Shoreham Beach local nature reserve
Community food-growing projects open to public access in The Living Coast include:
Preston Park Demo Garden, Brighton – a welcoming productive space at the southern end
Brighthelm Community Garden, Brighton – in the heart of the city lies a bountiful garden
Saunders Park, Brighton – an award-winning space that has transformed this park
Wish Park, Portslade – orchard, pond and raised veg beds run by volunteers
London Road Station Garden, Brighton – a unique urban location that has won awards
Stanford Avenue Garden, Brighton – wonderful award-winning use of a residential street
Landport Community Garden, Lewes – a beautiful walled garden with a pond and seating
Newhaven Community Garden – a space for all that has been growing strong since 2010
Peacehaven Community Garden – growing plants and vegetables at the Oval
Some of our favourite longer wild walks in The Living Coast (see interactive map) include:
South Downs Way - linking Devil's Dyke to Ditchling Beacon and Blackcap Hill, with cafe and pubs en-route.
Downs Link - along the River Adur, from Shoreham to Upper Beeding and beyond right up to Surrey.
Egrets Way - a new route being developed along the River Ouse between Newhaven and Lewes, for walkers, cyclists and more.
Jugg's Road - historic route between Brighton and Lewes over the downs to take the fish catch to market.
Shoreham Beach board walk - a 1 km long route, accessible to all, along the wild shingle beach of this local nature reserve, ending near the historic fort.
Jack & Jill, Clayton - Jill is looked after by a charitable society and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons in summertime.
Beacon Hill, Rottingdean (pic above)- located in a local nature reserve, it is also cared for by a charitable society and open on some Sunday afternoons in summer.
West Blatchington, Hove - an iconic mill painted by Constable, it includes a small museum and is also open to the public on summer Sunday afternoons.
Waterhall, Patcham - the last working windmill to be built in Sussex in 1885, this is a private site.
Ashcombe, Kingston nr Lewes - this mill has been recently reinstated on a historic site with sensitive design and renewable energy generation (private).
A range of local groups are active across The Living Coast area, including:
BHESCo - an-award winning community energy co-op that works on renewable energy systems, improving energy efficiency, reducing fuel bills and fuel poverty. Learn more.
Brighton Energy Cooperative (BEC) - active in Brighton and beyond since 2010, BEC has now built over £1.5 million worth of community-owned renewable energy schemes.
OVESCo - develops local renewable energy in Lewes District and East Sussex, in partnership with schools, businesses and community groups.
HKD Energy - Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling Transition promotes community renewable energy here.
Community Energy South - an umbrella body and regional hub for local community energy groups to grow as sustainable low carbon businesses.
For home energy efficiency advice and help with fuel bills, see your local authority:
Some inspiring examples of greening the built-up environment of The Living Coast exist, from Victorian green walls to modern buildings with green wildflower roofs. You can visit the following:
Linklater Pavilion, Lewes Railway Land - innovative environment centre with green roof
Earthship, Stanmer - the first in England, with rainwater harvesting and natural wastewater treatment
One Brighton, New England quarter - with sky garden allotments & green walls
Madeira Drive, Brighton seafront – one of the oldest and certainly the longest green wall in Europe!
Regency Square, Brighton seafront – large green roof park over underground car park
The Level café, Brighton – a recent green roof (pictured above)
Crew Club, Whitehawk – landscaped green roofs
New England quarter, by Brighton station – green walls planted
Phoenix ‘container housing’, by Preston Circus – wonderful wildflower roofs
Eco-Schools in Brighton & Hove that have achieved the top 'Green Flag' award are:
Balfour Primary - 1 award
Brunswick Primary - 5 awards
Coldean Primary - 2 awards
Moulsecoomb Primary - 3 awards
Patcham Infants - 2 awards
Patcham Junior - 1 award
Stanford Infants - 3 awards
St Luke's Primary - 1 award
Dorothy Stringer - 7 awards since 2000
Patcham High - 2 awards
Varndean - 2 awards
BHASVIC - 1 award
Top places for butterfly-watching in The Living Coast include:
Pavilion Gardens, Brighton - grab a sandwich and sunbathe, while looking up at the elm trees for the elusive White-Letter Hairstreak
Whitehawk Hill, Brighton - home to as many butterfly species as you’ll find in downland, despite its urban locale
Bevendean Down, Brighton - a rich butterfly fauna found on the urban fringe
Castle Hill, Woodingdean – the flower-rich slopes of this downland valley are home to many species
Malling Down, Lewes - the Combe at Sussex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve is a real hotspot for rare Silver-spotted Skippers and Adonis Blues
Hollingbury & Burstead Woods, Brighton – top spot for the elusive White-letter Hairstreaks
Some innovative examples of ecotechnology can be viewed in The Living Coast, including:
Shoreham Port - solar PV arrays owned by Brighton Energy Co-op (see photo above)
Richardson's Yard, Brighton - re-use of shipping containers as homes & offices
Earthship, Stanmer - pioneering eco-house project
Glyndebourne Estate, near Lewes - wind turbine supplying most of the estate's energy needs
There are a range of permanent environmental art installations to explore in our The Living Coast, including:
Even without a boat or scuba gear, you can still access some of the marine marvels of our The Living Coast at low tide, such as:
Undercliff MCZ coast, easy access route from Brighton Marina to Saltdean
Newhaven MCZ coast, by West Beach (car park) or to the east at Tide Mills nature reserve
Shoreham harbour and river estuary (SSSI), by Shoreham Fort
South West Rocks marine SNCI – a chalk reef just off Hove whose underwater life is known only to a few divers!
By definition, ground water is rather hard to get at and experience!
However it is a marvel to behold where it emerges as pure clear water from springlines at the surface, places in The Living Coast such as:
Paleolithic (pre-10,000 BC) - Black Rock raised beach (Ice Age)
Neolithic (4000-2300 BC) - Whitehawk Hill and Offham Hill
Iron Age (700 BC-43 AD) - Hollingbury Hill and Ditchling Beacon
Roman (43-450 AD) - Southwick villa (beneath the Methodist church!)
Honey bees - the most common pollinating insect to be found
Hover flies - mimics of bees, but lacking their narrow waist
Red admirals - the commonest butterfly still active late in the year
Holly blues- whose caterpillars feed on ivy and burrow into the flower heads
Harvest your own free food by looking out for the following fruits available during the autumn in The Living Coast:
Blackberries – growing along footpaths and road verges
Sloes - plump berries in scrubby patches for gin
Elderberries - for wine/sauce
Apples - 'wilding' trees growing where a fruit's been tossed away
Remember - only pick fruits you are sure are safe to eat and leave some over for wildlife!
There is a great profusion of colourful butterflies to be seen flying in The Living Coast area during the warm weather - look out for:
Blue butterflies - including Common and rarer species
Marbled White - chequer-board patterned
Fritillaries like the Dark Green - large, rich orange & beautiful
Note down what you see, where and when, and let Butterfly Conservation know what's on the wing!
Take a look at our top tips for rural gems to explore in The Living Coast at:
Devil's Dyke - the “grandest view in the world” with an awe-inspiring dry chalk valley
Ditchling Beacon – highest point of our Biosphere, on the wildflower-fringed South Downs Way
Castle Hill, nr Woodingdean – National Nature Reserve of chalk grassland, next to the ancient Juggs Road
Mount Caburn, by Lewes - National Nature Reserve and Iron Age hill fort sited atop chalk grassland by Ouse valley
The artist John Constable lived in Brighton in 1824-28, where he painted famous works which you can retrace in The Living Coast today at:
Madeira Drive, opp Margaret Street - The Chain Pier Brighton, 1826-7, Tate
St Ann’s Wells Gardens – Shoreham Bay near Brighton, 1824, Fitzwilliam Museum
Dyke Road, near the Windmill pub – A Windmill near Brighton, 1824, V&A (Vine’s Mill)
Sillwood Road, opp Waitrose - The Gothic House, 1824, private collection
Blatchington Mill - Blatchington Mill near Brighton, 1825, private collection
St Andrews Church, Hove, 1828, V&A
Take a look at our top tips for urban places to explore in The Living Coast area, as follows:
Preston Park - a historic Victorian park with the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award; discover the ‘Preston Twins’ - the two largest English Elm trees in the world!
Hollingbury Hill - absorb the panoramic view of the Biosphere, from the closest area of the South Downs National Park, where the countryside comes to town
Stanmer Park - roam around this historic landscaped parkland, Brighton’s countryside estate and gateway to the Downs and a favourite place to get away to
A variety of bird species can be spotted in the urban areas of The Living Coast, including:
The gardener's companion, found in 90% of Sussex gardens in the 2018 Big Garden Bird Watch
Watch the 'murmuration' over Brighton’s Palace Pier from an hour before sunset
'Red-listed' once-ubiquitous bird, but still numerous in Sussex gardens
Tuneful songster, recorded in over 87% of Sussex gardens in the 2018 Big Garden Bird Watch
Spectacular super-fast predator you may spot around Shoreham power station and Lewes quarries
Top ways that we can each reduce our 'carbon footprint' include:
Insulate your home, avoid wasting energy, and source renewable energy
Reduce, reuse and recycle the materials you consume, and buy energy-efficient products
Walk, cycle or use public transport more, plus car-share and drive smoothly
Use water efficiently, lots of energy is used to get it to you to drink
Eat less meat and dairy products, and compost your food waste
Plant a tree, especially a native species for wildlife
A number of incredible individual trees can be found in The Living Coast, including:
Britain's tallest native tree (above), Newtimber nr. Poynings – this beech is a true forest giant standing 44 m tall!
Ancient yew tree, Stanmer church yard - a veteran with over 6 m girth, potentially dating back to Saxon times.
Largest and oldest English Elms in the world, Preston Park Brighton - the 'Preston Twins' stand together at the northwest end.
A number of pioneering and exemplary new wildlife habitats have been created in The Living Coast which can be appreciated by people, including:
Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton (above) – chalk 'butterfly bank' with local wildflowers - the South Downs in miniature!
Butterfly Haven, Brighton - the original inspiration for butterfly banks, part of Dorothy Stringer school grounds in Surrenden Road
Big Park, Peacehaven - new woodland and open habitats established through community project
Almost 50 orchards have been established in publicly accessible community spaces and schools over the last decade by the Brighton Permaculture Trust and others:
Stanmer – host to National Collection of Sussex apples (above)
Racehill, Whitehawk - a large-scale community growing project
Ditchling - a young but popular community project
Big Park, Peacehaven - a new planting project by local people
Buckingham Park, Shoreham - a school grounds initiative
A few species of garden plants are not only highly attractive to us humans but also to pollinating insects too, as highlighted by The Level's gardener:
Catmint (Nepeta spp. e.g. x frassenii variety) – see picture above
Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) – a native wildflower of the Downs
Sage (Salvia spp. e.g. x sylvestris ‘caradonna’)
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – a particular favourite of bumble bees
Perennial wallflowers (Erisymum linifolium, e.g. Bowles Mauve var.)
Four types of marine animals are especially significant in The Living Coast, as found in our Marine Conservation Zone :
Flat Fish - incl. sole, plaice, turbot, brill, & dab, for which the MCZ is a key nursery and spawning ground
Four species of sea mammals are most frequently seen in The Living Coast, namely a dolphin, porpoise and two seals:
Bottlenose dolphin - most common cetacean, though transient and now rarely seen inshore as humans disturb them
Harbour porpoise - more rarely seen, with distinct triangular fin
Grey seal - less frequent locally, with dog-like head
Common seal - more commonly seen, especially in winter, hauled out by tidal rivers
A wide range of birds migrate to our shores each spring/summer, to breed, nest and raise their young - before leaving again for warmer climes further south. Some distinctive migrant birds in The Living Coast are:
Swifts - scimitar-winged bird with short forked tail, especially active at dusk screaming high over city skies
Swallows (pic above) - a bird with long tail streamers, seen chasing insects and perched on telephone wires on countryside areas
House Martins - with white rump and short forked tail, with distinctive mud nests under the eaves of buildings
Brilliant bird songsters starring in The Living Coast this spring include:
Song Thrush Seen in parks and gardens, repeated phrases distinguish its song from a blackbird’s
Wren Tiny bird with a very powerful song, found low down in shrubs in gardens (pictured)
Skylark Minstrel of the Downs, sings from high up in the sky rather than on a perch
Corn Bunting Found on the Downs, its song sounds like a set of jangling keys!
We are incredibly lucky to harbour some superb individual elm trees in our The Living Coast, as you can see yourself at:
Hove Rec (N & W) - hosts exceptionally rare examples of Kidbrooke, Klemmer and Pitteurs elm tree varieties
Crespin Way (pictured) - overlooks the Brighton-Lewes railway, with lots of rare Dutch clones and two groups of very rare Himalayan elms
Stanmer Park - arboretum by wood behind the House includes Golden Siberian elm and very rare clones
Happy Valley, Woodingdean (W) - fine large elms including the world's largest 'Ulmus 260' clone
Stanford Avenue - this street has two of the last examples of particular elm varieties worldwide
Native species of woody evergreen trees & shrubs you can find in our The Living Coast include:
Holly - stands out in winter in the woodland understorey, its bright crimson berries are much sought after (pic above)
Ivy - ubiquitous climbing plant on trees and walls, of great value for pollinating insects
Mistletoe - a rarer parasitic plant growing in clusters high up in certain trees, especially lime, poplar and apples
Yew - grows for hundreds or even thousands of years, found especially in churchyards
Juniper - rare shrub on the chalk downs, with blue berries used in distilling gin
Truleigh Hill - near the radio beacons
Southwick Hill - National Trust land
Devil's Dyke - Constable's 'finest view'
Ditchling Beacon - highest point of the Biosphere
Mount Caburn - national nature reserve above Lewes
Ouse Valley at Rodmell - near the YHA centre is good
Brighton-Saltdean, Undercliff walk - take the trail from behind Brighton Marina of the SSSI
Southerham chalk pits by Lewes - a rich collection of fossils has been found at three old quarries protected as geological SSSIs
Devil's Dyke, nr Brighton - the largest dry chalk valley in the UK, reputedly created by the devil rather than the last Ice Age!
Flood risk takes varied forms in The Living Coast, ranked in the top ten most vulnerable places nationally:
Surface water - "muddy flooding" runoff from the Downs and over urban surfaces, e.g. at Bevendean
Ground water - rising up from the chalk aquifer in wet winters, e.g. at Patcham
River water - spreading over the floodplains of the Adur and especially the Ouse river in winter
Coastal & Tidal - exacerbated by high spring tides, storm surges and rising sea levels
A number of famous natural scientists have been active in The Living Coast since the early days of science, including:
Richard Russell (1687-1759) - the founder of health benefits from the seaside, leading to Brighton's tourism
Gideon Mantell (1790-1852) - also from Lewes, an early geologist and the first dinosaur fossil hunter!
Edward Booth (1840-1890) - a classic Victorian collector of birds who exhibited them in replicas of their natural habitats
Magnus Volk (1851-1937) - a pioneering electrical engineer who created the world's longest-running electric railway and the famous 'daddy long legs' marine vehicle (see pic)
Beyond our own Biosphere Region, there's other world-class places that you can visit around the UK to experience some of the best environments on offer:
Biosffer Dyfi - inspirational river Dyfi catchment & coast by Aberystwyth in Wales
Galloway & Southern Ayrshire - impressive uplands and coast in the SW corner of Scotland
Isle of Man - spectacular land and sea area of this self-governing island in the Irish Sea, a new member
North Devon - from the heights of Dartmoor & Exmoor to the coast and sea of Lundy, a much-loved area
Wester Ross - the remarkable & remote mountainous west coast of Scotland is a new Biosphere Region
The key Sustainable Development Goals that UNESCO focuses on are:
Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Life below Water - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Life on Land - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Take a look at our top tips for marine marvels in The Living Coast at:
Brighton Seafront Masses of starlings over the piers, and shingle beach wildflowers along the Volks railway
The Undercliff, Brighton Marina to Saltdean - Fossil-filled white chalk cliffs, towering above beach rock pools and chalk reef, with traffic-free pathCastle Hill, Newhaven - Extensive sea views from this flower-rich Local Nature Reserve, above Newhaven Fort, West Beach and Friars Bay marine conservation area
So Sussex – this family-run company takes people out on various outdoor activities including fishing, cycling and walking trips in rural Sussex.
Community Kitchen – offers a variety of courses, many featuring Brighton's best-loved chefs, helping aspiring cooks with seasonal ingredients and how to reduce food waste.
Brighton & Beyond – join a Brighton & Beyond minibus tour to explore the South Downs, including Devil’s Dyke, the Long Man of Wilmington, Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters; you can also try local food & drink from Middle Farm and Court Garden.
Hatt Adventures – exploring The Living Coast isn’t just about walking or cycling - Hatt Adventures runs a variety of activities including climbing, kayaking & mountaineering, and can also help you to do the 100-mile South Downs Way challenge.
Brighton Wind Farm Tours – take a boat trip out from Brighton Marina to get up close to the new Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which can generate enough green electricity to power the equivalent of around 350,000 UK homes.
A number of locations are the subject of significant new built developments (with some environmental measures incorporated) in The Living Coast in 2018, including:
Preston Barracks, Brighton – a mixed use £150M development by U+I plc on 4 hectares of brownfield land to create a high-tech manufacturing ‘Central Research Laboratory’, 369 new homes, and new university buildings.
Circus Street, Brighton – redevelopment of the former municipal market site through a public-private partnership to build a sustainable mixed use development for completion in 2019, with new university facilities, 142 new homes, office and retail space and a SE Dance studio; environmental elements include green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing.
Toads Hole Valley, Hangleton – a 37 hectare greenfield site on the urban fringe for future proposed development, with planning policy guidance for 700+ homes, significant new employment space and a new school also.
Shoreham Harbour – major regeneration initiative under the Joint Area Action Plan for brownfield land to be redeveloped across multiple sites as sustainable mixed-use schemes to deliver 1400 new homes and significant new employment space alongside the working port, together with environmental improvements according to a green infrastructure strategy.
North Street Quarter, Lewes – redevelopment of riverside ex-industrial brownfield land to build 400 new homes, plus business space and community facilities; environmental elements include new SUDS
Town Centre, Newhaven – plans for a £38M mixed-use regeneration scheme as part of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, including new commercial space and 90 new homes; green urban landscaping measures are proposed
There are already plenty of local campaigns and businesses in The Living Coast that are working towards creating a single-use plastic-free world, including:
Refill - a range of cafes, bars and venues that offer free tap water refills for people on the go in Brighton & Hove and Worthing. Look for the Refill stickers in windows of participating locations, or find them on the Refill app (free), and get your water bottle refilled for free.
Plastic Free Pledge - local venues that have pledged to stop using single-use plastic straws in Brighton & Hove and beyond. Check the website for maps of ‘THE PLEDGED’ organisations.
hiSbe - the original supermarket rebels! This fantastic independent supermarket on York Place in central Brighton is pioneering a new shopping experience from the usual supermarket. With lots of ‘nude food’ and a ‘refill bar’ that contains everything from nuts and cereals to oils and cleaning products, there is plenty of opportunity to choose plastic packaging free stuff.
WasteNot - situated in the brilliant London Road Open Market, this great little store offers completely zero waste packaging options for dry and wet goods, displayed in rows and rows of jars like an old sweet shop. And you can find lots of unusual single-use plastic free stuff here too, like reusable bamboo fibre make-up removing pads and safety razor sets.
Charlotte's Cupboard – the UK’s first packaging free shop on wheels is here in Brighton and Hove! With their zero waste, packaging free store in their trusty electric van, Peggy, Charlotte and Thalassa can be spotted at many local farmers markets around the local area each week. Get as much or as little as you need, from a teaspoon of something to a kilo of something – and all plastic free. Plus Charlotte’s Cupboard also offers door-to-door deliveries. Oh, and their Instagram account is brilliant: these girls can sing!
A number of networks are active in the different parts of The Living Coast:
Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum – a volunteer organisation set up in 2017 to provide an independent voice and communication hub for community groups working in local parks and open spaces.
Green Havens network –brings together volunteer groups in coastal Lewes District, from Saltdean to Seaford.
Adur and Worthing Green Spaces Partnership – a forum for community and friends of groups who maintain or manage local green (or blue) spaces across Adur and Worthing districts.
South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service – a voluntary organisation with over 500 members that works in partnership with the National Park Authority to look after and help to conserve the South Downs.
Sussex Gleaning Network organises volunteers to visit farms and harvest surplus produce for charity. Breathe some country air, see how food is produced, prevent food waste and meet wonderful people.
Smartphone…Get Smart with these Apps Too Good to Go allows you to buy from restaurants, bakeries and cafes at the end of the day; Olio connects neighbours with each other and with local shops so surplus food can get shared; Refill App is handy for knowing where to fill your water bottle.
Scrumping and Brewing The Scrumping Project run by the Brighton Permaculture Trust collects unwanted fruit from across Sussex and turns it into juice; Old Tree Brewery uses foraged ingredients to make forest garden drinks including fermented Kefirs and Kombucha; Franklin Brewery’s Optimist Beer is made from leftover bread from the Bagelman restaurants.
Skills and Seaweed - Get involved in a cookery course, it will increase your confidence in making interesting meals out of anything. Brighton’s Community Kitchen; Community Chef in Lewes; Food Pioneers in Worthing – if you want to get cooking with Seaweed check out their Neptune’s Larder Project!
Local nature-based wellbeing initiatives, that come together under the Green Wellbeing Alliance, who provide individual development opportunities outdoors include:
Grow - runs 8-week courses with the National Trust at Saddlescombe Farm to help people improve and manage their mental wellbeing using nature as the remedy
Centre for Ecotherapy - a social enterprise at Stanmer Park that supports local vulnerable people through the use of nature-based and horticultural therapies, mindfulness and practical activities
Plot 22 - an allotment-based project on the Weald Allotments in Hove that brings diverse people to grow, cook and eat together outdoors
Where Two Rivers Meet - personal development programmes often set in nature delivering transformative workshops that bring out the best in individuals, organisations and communities
Sussex Wildlife Trust - offer opportunities to volunteer and courses with Recovery College Sussex
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership - run two community gardens and link with the other 75+ growing spaces across the city
Ancient dead people from Brighton & Hove’s deep archaeological past have been brought back to life through intimate facial reconstructions at the Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, spanning five different time periods:
Neolithic woman - Whitehawk Hill – from 5650–5520 years ago, 1.45m height (small), 19-25 years old, dark skin, found in 1933 with the bones of a baby nestling in her pelvis, so probably died in childbirth
Bronze Age (early, Beaker Period) man - Ditchling Road, Hollingbury, Brighton – from 4,287- 4,125 years ago, 1.71m height, slight build, 25-35 years old, from continental Europe with light skin, blue eyes and blonde hair, malnourished as a baby and child, and suffering tooth decay, with likely low social status
Iron Age craftsman - Slonk Hill, by Shoreham – from 2,413-2,226 years ago, 1.71m tall, 24-31 years old, muscular and robust, active strong and healthy, light skin, lived/ worked in very smoky conditions, perhaps as a metalworker
Romano-British woman – nr Ladies Mile Road, Patcham – from 210–356 AD, 1.59m height (average), 25-35 years old, slender with light skin, blue eyes and blonde hair, she lived a hard physical life, subject to an unusual burial, with a nail in the back of her head and male skeleton lying feet to feet with her
Anglo-Saxon Warrior - Stafford Road near Seven Dials, Brighton – from 424-570 AD, 1.75m height (tall), 45+ years old, muscular and robust, lived a very active life, but probably died of complications from toothache, with a swollen face and terrible breath; one of our direct ancestors.
Image copyright: Royal Pavilion & Museums 2019