PLOT 22 provides communal gardening, outdoor cooking, crafting and therapeutic opportunities for local residents, families and groups experiencing additional challenges. We teach and inspire people to grow, harvest and cook fruit and vegetables. We have developed a range of projects to maximise the social benefit from our small allotment in Hove, working with hundreds of people and a wide range of needs. Our work builds friendships, reduces isolation, builds and shares knowledge and skills and increases our connection to the food we eat and natural environment that sustains us. We believe everyone has something to contribute and look for ways to encourage and develop this. These shared endeavours of caring for the land and each other create belonging. Many people have called PLOT 22 a sanctuary and a haven.
Our current projects are: Thyme & Space - for female survivors of sexual abuse in collaboration with The Survivors Network; Dementia Inclusive Gardening - for people living with dementia and their carers; Grow & Play - for parent and pre-school age children in collaboration with local children’s centres; Community Sundays - all welcome; Lady Garden - female garden maintenance group; Quiet Garden - for Friends of PLOT 22. We also work with partners who use our space to run the following: Earth Works - a Men’s Bereavement Garden Group - in collaboration with The Martlets Hospice; TouchBase - sessions for school-age children who’ve experienced family trauma and their key adults.