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News 2023

November 2023
December 2023

  • In December, we provided grants over £12,763 to: help fund essential household items for two local families in need, donated a compost bin to Aldrington Primary, funded two educational respite trips for 140 local children with additional needs via charity Happy Days as well as donating £10,000 to eight local foodbanks across Sussex (covering areas from Horsham to Burgess Hill and Worthing).

  • In November, we provided grants over £495 to: help fund essential household items for a local family in need and donated hanging baskets and compost to YMCA Downslink Group's Eastbourne Transitional House, white pebbles for children to decorate at Southwick Methodist Church and Christmas tree decorations for Northease Manor School, Rodmell. 

  • Our lovely Santa's grottos are open but fully booked! The NEW Hassocks grotto was previewed by happy children from Woodlands Meed School and Santa's entrance on a lawnmower was filmed by ITV Meridian and mentioned on BBC Radio Sussex!

October 2023

  • In October, we provided grants over £1266 to: help fund essential household items for a local family in need, donating plants, herbs, seeds, pots, bulbs and/or compost to: Aldrington Primary, Hassocks Primary & Sheddingdean Primary School, Burgess Hill Youth & Mile Oak Primary School and for charity Andy's Angels Worthing Seafront planter (Number 9). We have also paid for an essential new commercial sink for Hassocks Foodbank. 

  • In September, we provided grants over £3620 to: help fund essential household items for two local families in need as well as funding pond supplies and workbooks for Bevendean Primary School and sensory plants and gardening supplies for Stanford Infant School & Denton Primary School. We have provided a £1000 grant to Pelican Parcels, a charity that works in Brighton & Hove to recycle pre-loved essential items for babies and primary school aged children. Also a £1000 grant to West Sussex Mind charity's Be OK service that supports young people aged 16 to 25 with their mental health. We also donated Tates garden table furniture including a BBQ for three YMCA Downslink centres for homeless young people in Horsham, Eastbourne & Crawley.

  • Tickets for our two charity Santa's grottos at Tates of Sussex Garden Centres Old Barn Garden Centre and South Downs Nurseries (new grotto for 2023) are now live!

  • In August, we provided grants over £1190 to: help fund essential household items for four local families in need as well as funding resources for Messy Monkeys sensory playgroup in Southwick, gardening supplies for Patcham High School, The Aldrington Centre as well as a stone memorial bench for QE2 School, Horsham.

  • Clive Gravett entertained a coach trip of 56 from Canterbury visiting our The Museum of Gardening at Tates of Sussex Garden Centres, South Downs Nurseries.

July 2023
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August 2023
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  • In July, we provided grants of £3245 to: help essential household items for a local family in need, funded a Nature Discovery Session at Plot 22 for families without gardens, funded transport for 25 families to attend August activity sessions, funded charity Off the Fence's Schools & Youth Project as well as donating grants, plants, herbs, seeds and/or compost to: Springboard charity in Horsham, Brighton's YMCA Downslink Young Families Project, Burgess Hill Family Fun Sessions, Andy's Angels bereavement charity as well as providing a large planter for Woodlands Meed School.

June 2023
September 2023
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  • We are thrilled to announce we have won a 2023 Bronze City Kids Magazine Green Award in the Outdoor Education Category! We are so happy Clive Gravett's dedication to helping hundreds of schools and organisations with grants, plants and advice has been recognised! We couldn't have supported so many projects over the past decade without our close supporters Tates of Sussex Garden Centres so a huge thanks to them too! More info here: The Green Awards Education Winners - City Kids Magazine

  • In June, we have provided grants of £1700 to help essential household items for local families in need, have donated grants, plants, herbs, seeds and/or compost to: Hove Junior School (plus a bird feeder and food), Ditchling Horticultural Society, Hassocks Infant School, Friends of Shipley School & Tanbridge House in Horsham, Oakwood Primary Academy, Brighton & Hove CAMHS, Sheddingdean Primary School, Family Support Work Charity's Bognor allotment project, Southwater Junior Academy's ECO garden project & also donated some smooth rocks for a Hidden Community Painted Rock challenge to Hassocks Beavers & Brownies.  

May 2023
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  • In May, we provided grants over £1510 to help fund essential household items for local families in need, assisted with funding a wooden shade Gazebo for Happy Feet Nursery's play area in Hassocks; provided Sunflower seeds, pots, compost & prizes for Southwick Methodist Church's community sunflower growing competition with Eastbrook School as well as similar items for Southway Junior School's gardening club in Burgess Hill, St Marks Primary School, Whitehawk, St Mary's Catholic School, Portslade, some succulent plants for Woodlands Meed School, Burgess Hill as well as bird feeders, food and plants for Hove Juniors School.

  • 50 members of Godstone Gardening Club are pictured enjoying The Museum of Gardening Curator Clive Gravett's informative and amusing evening talk. Clive also gave a talk to Saltdean Garden Club.

April 2023
  • In April we have provided grants over £4700 to help fund essential household items for four local families in need, top up charity 'Family Support Work's foodbank (used by 140 families), fund pond & animal equipment for Seaford Head School's Outdoor Learning Programme, books, toys & artificial grass for Hill Park Special Needs School Brighton, seeds, plants & compost for 14th Hove Scout Group, Windmills School, Hassocks & Downs View Link College, Brighton as well as funding Sussex Clubs For Young People's Easter & Summer Streetmate project. 

  • Over 20 members of local Riley & Austin Seven groups arrived in style to Tates of Sussex Garden Centres, South Downs Nurseries on Sunday! They enjoyed coffee, talk & tour of The Museum of Gardening. Many were first-time visitors and said they were very impressed with all the facilities and a great day was had with the gorgeous vintage cars, despite heavy rain and some flooded roads. We also had a visit from 47 members of the Hartlip 55+ club on a coach outing!

  • We have 9 Great Tit eggs being incubated in our office nesting box! Follow progress here:

March 2023
  • In March we have provided grants over £7500 to help fund essential household items for local families in need, the hire of The Hawth Theatre for School Woodlands Meed's Centenary theatre production, football kit for Partridge Green's Under 13s Football Club, seeds, pots, plants, compost for Woodingdean Horticultural Society's 'Grow Your Own Day', Waterloo Road Hove Community Garden, Brighton & Hove Refuge, water butts for Hassocks Community Garden Group as well as sponsoring Family Fun Sessions and providing bulbs for SEND children and families in Burgess Hill, Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint.

  • We attended the Groups Visits Fair at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead to promote The Museum of Gardening and Tates of Sussex's Paradise Park Garden Centre, two of the 50 odd top Sussex attractions represented.

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February 2023
  • In February we provided grants over £6440 to help fund Burgess Hill Pantry, Worthing, Shoreham, Lancing & Horsham Foodbanks, essential household items for three families in need, as well as gardening projects for Steyning Grammar School, Ditchling Primary, Brighton MET College, Hassocks Infants, Telscombe Cliffs Academy, ESCC Childminders Conference, Alfriston Playground, Smiles for Miles Sensory Farm, MaryGold Grows & Adur Valley Scouts group.

  • We were the major sponsor of Woodland Meed's theatre production 'A Cave Full of Stories' performed on 28th February at The Hawth, Crawley. Both the school and us celebrate our 10th anniversaries this year!

  • On Sunday 19th February 60 volunteers who have helped us fundraise in the past year joined us for a thank you celebration and buffet lunch. THANK YOU ALL! To volunteer for us please email

  • Founder Clive Gravett gave a talk to 60 members of Findon Gardening Club.

January 2023
  • Founder Clive Gravett gave a talk to Henfield Garden Club about our Museum of Gardening and history of the lawn and lawnmower. To book a talk about gardening and its history for any age group please email

  • In January we provided grants totalling £2729 to support pastoral school work for Brighton & Hove based charity Off the Fence, funded essential household items for local families in need, as well as gardening projects for Thakeham Primary School, Pulborough, Peter Gladwin Primary School, Portslade & St Andrews Primary, Hove.

  • Hassocks Horticultural Society sadly closed in 2022, but kindly donated their remaining £750 funds to the charity after Clive had previously given a gardening talk.

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