Green fingers at Brighthelm

Photo:Some of the Brighthelm gardeners

Some of the Brighthelm gardeners

Photo:One of the raised beds

One of the raised beds

Newly formed Garden Group

By Sue Korman, Brighthelm Communications Office

Local residents may have noticed that the Brighthelm Gardens are looking much improved. This is due to the hard work of the newly formed Brighthelm Garden Group. This voluntary group, supported by Harvest Brighton & Hove, aims to make better use of the growing spaces in the garden and to make the whole area a more welcoming space for the community.

Plan drawn up

In our first meeting we decided to take it step by step and made a plan for the garden dividing it into small sections. We agreed to start with the raised beds and to try and make the most of the season by growing some vegetables.

Vegetables planted

In the central raised we have planted bed peas, corn, tomatoes and peppers, courgettes chard and some salad leaves. In the smaller raised bed we’ve added ericaceous compost and planted blueberries and squash.

Future plans

Future plans include clearing more beds, planting a herb garden and a wildflower bank.

Formed in April 2013

The group was formed in April 2013 and now has over 25 members. It’s a  diverse mix of local residents, including members of the North Laine Community Association, local businesses, the organisers of Street Diner, members of both the Grand Hotel and the Hilton Hotel’s  staff volunteer schemes, a resident of William Collier House, a local Councillor, a member of City Gate church, Siobhan Wilson from the Fair Shop and Brighthelm trustees.

How to join

The group has a monthly planning meeting work and a regular garden workday on Thursday mornings. For more information or to join the garden group you can contact them via Twitter @Brighthelmurc or you can email


The group would greatly welcome your support or donations of suitable plants or seeds.


 [Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 223, July/August 2013]

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