Forest Garden eco-classroom

by Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project
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About the project

We are the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project, a small charity whose main focus is working with pupils struggling in the classroom, offering them an alternative outdoor environment in which they can succeed in learning new manual and social skills that will hopefully better prepare them for their life ahead.

School pupils and young adults with learning difficultiesget to learn practical hands-on skills such as carpentry, construction, woodland management, horticulture, bush-craft, cooking, team work and perhaps most importantly social skills. We offer a high degree of mentoring along with recognised qualifications.

With volunteer workdays each week that are open to all, we succeed in bringing together a wide range of people of different ages, nationalities, classes and abilities.

In the year of our 20th anniversary, we are hoping to complete the building one of Brighton's most eco-friendly structures ever! Off-grid and timber framed, it will be our flagship building and make a massive difference to the project helping us expand our work with pupils, run courses and events, store equipment as well as having somewhere warm and dry for staff, pupils and volunteers.

Using only local and recycled materials, the design is loosely based on a traditional timber frame, built from locally grown sweet chestnut still in its natural round form. The roof and floor timbers are from locally grown and milled Douglas Fir. The roof slates are made from recycled plastic and the walls will be a mixture of straw-bale and cordwood construction using local wood, clay and straw.

As you can see from the photographs, we are mid-way through our project and need £15,000 to finish it.

Your support will make a massive difference, helping our small charity to complete our biggest adventure yet.
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Organisation Details
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project
40 Hodshrove Road
Brighton, East Sussex
BN2 4RU, UNITED KINGDOM
07988837951
http://www.seedybusiness.org
Company Limited by Guarantee
#04334389
Registered Charity #1120073

Goals

Tipping Point £3,000
Floors, doors, locks and insulation £6,000
Heating and mezzanine £9,000
£2,985
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
• Reduce anti social behaviour by involving excluded pupils and youth offenders in building work. • Enhance skills and employability by offering practical based training and volunteering opportunities. • Promote sustainable solutions from materials used, to building techniques to water saving to being off grid • Promote social inclusion, offering opportunities for everyone to work, cook and eat together
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project is based on the outskirts of Brighton serving a community that is the bottom 5% of deprivation in the country.
What is your solution?
For nearly 20 years we have grown into an award-winning and well respected small charity that works with some of the cities most disadvantaged youngsters. For pupils referred to us, school is not working. We offer an outdoor education, tailored to pupils’ specific needs and away from the classroom environment. These pupils learn best by doing practical hands-on work and can blossom when provided with a different style of teaching. We engage students with the environment and nature through a therapeutic process: building confidence, motivation and self-esteem, whilst raising awareness of the natural world. This work and the qualifications we can offer helps young people into employment, work experience, apprenticeships or further training as well as helping improve their school work and attendance.
How will you deliver this?
We have an experienced builder and an apprentice who have been carrying out the building work. Pupils and volunteers have also been helping out with tasks such as building the cord wood walls.

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  • A few hours
    Volunteer. We have drop in workdays every Tuesday and Friday. Find out more here http://www.seedybusiness.org/volunteer.shtml

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