Here follows a list of green spaces volunteer groups based across Brighton & Hove. They undertake an array of conservation type activities. If you are interested in volunteering then please select and contact one of the groups. If you have any questions or feedback please use our ‘Contact Us’ link.

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Beacon Hill, Friends of
(Beacon Hill Local Nature Reserve, Rottingdean)
We are an informal group of people who value and appreciate our local Beacon Hill Nature Reserve and give a little time and practical help to maintain and develop it. Anyone can join us.website
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Benfield Wildlife & Conservation Group (Benfield Local Nature Reserve/Benfield Hill).Having created one of Hove’s first Local Nature Reserves, linking the town to the Downs, we protect and enhance Benfield Hill and Valley. We encourage community involvement. Support is always needed to preserve the character of this important area. If you would like to help in any capacity, please contact us.website
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Bevendean Down, Friends ofChalk grassland management & scrub clearance and more!website
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Geoff 07422 543872
Blakers Park, Friends ofSince 1989 the Friends group is now a local institution focused on enhancing the park. We improve the area through our own planting program. We hold community events and support neighborhood organisations and community groups that wish to use the park.facebook
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Brighton & Hove Archaeological SocietyThe city is full of archaeological sites, and more are found every week. If you intend digging any holes or open areas, contact the Society who can conduct watching briefs to monitor and check for archaeology.website
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01273 607127
07789 2451060
Brighton & Hove City Council ‘Lookerers’
(Urban Shepherds)
Checking the flocks of sheep used to conservation graze chalk downland green spaces across the city. Volunteers are trained in sheep welfare and grazing hardware. They can then choose sites and dates from a rota.website
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Brighton & Hove Cityparks Ranger
Volunteers
Cityparks Rangers run a conservation volunteering group that works in parks and nature reserves across the City. Currently meeting every Friday at 10am, but looking to expand to other days. We send out an email once a week with details of the task and location, if you want to come, you just reply to the email. Some people come most weeks, others just a few times a year. If you’d like to go on the list, contact us.email
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Neil Doyle
07810 150737
Brighton & Hove Conservation
Volunteers
Brighton Conservation Volunteers carry out a wide range of countryside tasks in the city and further afield, with the aim of managing and enhancing the natural environment.website
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01273 736135
01273 405443
Brighton & Hove Food PartnershipGet advice about the city's 70 community food growing projects and other food volunteering. From orchards to city centre parks, there is something for everyone.website
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01273 431716
Brighton & Hove Friends of the EarthBrighton & Hove Friends of the Earth is the local Friends of the Earth group in the city, but we often get involved in issues covered by the Greater Brighton area or the World Biosphere. website
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Brighton & Hove Organic Gardening GroupAn organic, not-for-profit, community allotment run entirely by volunteers meeting on Sundays from 11am to 1pm. We have two plots on the Weald Allotments Nevill Avenue, Hove.website
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Brighton & Hove WayA new initiative to establish a permanent, recognised and accessible trail around the city; a route that is well signed, promoted, cared for and available for all to enjoy.facebook
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Brighton Greenway, Friends ofWe meet regularly to help maintain this local wildlife site and pathway from New England Road to Brighton Station. We promote awareness of Brighton Greenway's wildlife significance and unique industrial heritage.website
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07709 069486
Brunswick Road CommunityOn the corner of Brunswick Road and Western Road a small patch of land has been reclaimed to the side of the Co-Op The supermarket granted permission to use the run down area as a memorial garden. Each November people add remembrance crosses with the names of their lost loved ones and local residents help with the upkeep.email
Brunswick Square & Terrace, Friends ofOur group tends the green space that is Brunswick Square Gardens.
Since 1997 we have improved the area by reinstalling cast-iron railings, planting new trees and installing two decorative beds to their original design. We welcome volunteers to help with planting, weeding and litter picking.
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Brunswick Town in BloomBased within the historic Conservation area of Brunswick and Adelaide includes Brunswick and Palmeira Squares and Adelaide Crescent and the various Friends' groups work with the Council who maintain these areas.email
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Building Green – promoting green roofs and living walls for healthy citiesBrighton & Hove Building Green was established in 2006 to promote green roofs and living walls as a contribution to a sustainable Brighton & Hove. We operate as a voluntary community network.website
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Buzz Club TheThe Buzz Club is a ‘citizen science’ charity based at Sussex University which aims to engage people with pollination research and insect conservation. Members collect data from gardens and green spaces which helps us learn about the fascinating world of insects. We also work with local schools to help create more wildlife-friendly habitat. If you’d like to know more or are interested in volunteering please get in touch.website
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Coldean Community ForumOur aims are to improve the environment in Coldean for the benefit of the residents. We have planted trees, bulbs, and are currently upgrading our local park. We hold monthly meetings to engage with our residents.website
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Coldean Community Garden - Haig Avenue ParkA local green project where residents are getting together to redesign Haig Avenue Park to make it more welcoming, encouraging to local wildlife and accessible to all.email
Hannah 01273 676416
Coldean Woods Sustainable Fuel ProjectWoodland management and sustainable fuel production.email
07810 150737
Craven Wood, Friends ofWe help to manage an area of woodland in East Brighton on the west side of Whitehawk Hill commonly known as Craven Wood. The group is always looking for volunteers to help out in the woods.website
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Davis Park Hove, Friends ofWe are a group of residents who live close to Davis Park in Hove. We are dedicated to caring for and improving our local park for all the communityfacebook
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Dyke Road Park, Friends ofImproving and enhancing the park.website
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Farm Green BevendeanA community group created to improve Farm Green Park and the surrounding green area in Bevendean.facebook
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Green Centre, TheOur mission is to provide carefully researched and qualified, information and advice, to all members of the community on matters that have an effect on the future of our planet, locally, nationally and globally.website
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Hangleton Park, Friends ofGeneral gardening maintenance.facebook
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HK Hedgehogs
(Hangleton and Knoll area.)
Hedgehog conservation group, doing community events, talks and research.website
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Hollingbury and Burstead Woods, Friends ofWe maintain two areas of woodland on Brighton's urban fringe for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.website
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House Sparrows Project, Brighton & HoveTo ensure a sustainable population of house sparrows across Brighton and Hove, raising awareness about their needs in order for them to thrive.website
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07976 242882
Hove Lagoon, Friends ofCaring for Hove Lagoon and surrounding area. website
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Hove Park, Friends ofWe work with the community and the city council to help maintain and improve our wonderful Hove Park. Hove Park is a Green Flag Park.website
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07717 410690
Keep the Ridge Green
(Green Ridge)
We aim to protect, conserve and enhance wildlife, landscape, archaeological features, to provide public access and other recreation, to promote environmentally sustainable activities, to encourage community involvement and understanding and to secure adequate resources to achieve our aims.website
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Kipling Gardens, RottingdeanMaintained by one gardener and a small team of volunteers, the flint surrounded garden is a short walk past Rottingdean village pond and is a great example of a traditional English garden.website
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London Road Station PartnershipWe have set up, and now maintain small community gardens - one ornamental, one edible, with a mini orchard of local fruit trees - and a composting facility at London Rd Station. website
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Mile Oak Rec. Action Group (M.O.R.A.G)We hold volunteer gardening sessions in the park including litter picking, shrub cutting, path clearing and general maintenance. We also hold fundraising community events.facebook
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Norfolk Square Garden ProjectWe are a warm welcoming gardening group that gets together twice a month on a week day evening to make a difference to this central Brighton park to make it more inviting and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. We hold regular events and are making a community hot spot out of this green space.facebook
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Damian Magee
07786 360418
Palmeira & Adelaide, Friends ofLocated between the landmark Floral Clock and Hove seafront lawns, the elegant square and crescent sweep around two gardens within the Brunswick Town Conservation Area. There are many volunteering opportunities.website
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Patcham Peace Garden (Patcham University of the Third Age/U3A.)General gardening maintenance. website
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Portslade Green GymWe are an independent organisation. Conservation work is carried out every Thursday morning on behalf of various parties, including local ‘Friends of’ groups, the city council (via the Friends of groups and their Rangers), the National Trust, church authorities and charities.website
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Preston Manor Gardens and Preston Park Rose GardenGeneral garden maintenance and horticulture.George Harris
07825 113889
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Preston Park Demo GardenThis community garden is cared for by volunteers and supported by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. The volunteer group meets weekly and grows fruit, veg and flowers using organic methods. The garden is open to everyone to enjoy and is a tranquil spot to watch the world go by or the get inspired to grow your own. Volunteers always welcome.email
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Preston Park Rock Garden / The RockeryWe meet every Wednesday from 10-1 and we do all general gardening tasks from weeding, pruning, edging, dead heading and planting.email
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Andy Jeavons
07743 540147
Preston Park, Friends ofWe are a happy voluntary group of seven on the committee, and nearly 500 members. We exist to promote and protect the park. We provide regular updates on issues that affect the park and organise events that celebrate the park and bring the park community together.website
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Queens Park, Friends ofWe are a group of local volunteers who aim to maintain and improve the facilities of our park for all its users.website
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07761 674827
Racehill Community OrchardOrchard maintenance, scrub clearance, mulching and tree planting on four acres of open access land run by the Brighton Permaculture Trust. The area has nature and conservation in mind as well as being a community space. Volunteers very welcome on Sundays and Tuesdays.website
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07746 185927
Rottingdean in BloomOur aim is to help Rottingdean look blooming good. We are a group of about 12 volunteers who plant and maintain various areas and planters around the village. We also support village entries in the South and South East in Bloom Competitions.website
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Round Hill Society, TheTo promote the appreciation and improvement of our neighbourhood.website
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01273 673511
Saltdean Green Spaces, Friends ofWe aim to preserve and care for all of the green spaces and Rights Of Way in Saltdean East and West.website
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Saunders ParkHelp turn this public park into an edible community garden with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. Regular volunteer days – see website and contacts.website
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01273 431700
Secret Garden - St Leonards Church, HoveThe Secret Garden lies behind St. Leonards Church Hove. Neglected and growing wild, volunteers have transformed the area which is beautiful as well as productive. Raised beds growing plants and vegetables, a wild area with a pond and 4 bee hives encourage visitors to enhance their knowledge of growing and wildlife.email
Tel (Joi Jones)
07803 704 934
Sheepcote Valley, Friends ofThe group is working to improve Sheepcote Valley’s social and environmental aspects. We are tree planting, step-building, litter picking, pond clearing and creating walkways.website
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St Ann’s Well Gardens, Friends ofWe aim to promote the preservation, restoration and improvement of St Ann’s Well Gardens for the education and benefit of the public. By associating the local authority and local community in a common effort to improve social welfare for recreation and leisure time.website
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St Nicholas’ Green Spaces AssociationWe are a voluntary group, established during the summer of 2007. Our aim is to protect and enhance the three open spaces around St Nicholas’ Church.website
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St Peter's Churchyard Volunteers Preston ParkEvery Thursday morning we come together to manage the churchyard and adjacent wildlife area in a sustainable manner. Encouraging wild flowers and wild life.website
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Stanford and Cleveland Community GardenThe garden was created in 2013 when Cleveland Road was narrowed. We grow flowers, wildflowers, vegetables, herbs, soft fruits and apples. We meet on Thursdays between 10 am and 12 noon.facebook
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Stanmer Preservation Society
(Stanmer Park)
The Stanmer Preservation Society was founded in 1971 and is a charity committed to improving, protecting and preserving the village of Stanmer and its environment for the benefit of the public. Stanmer has recently been successful in winning Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund funding.website
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Stoneham Park, Friends ofWe are a warm and welcoming group dedicated to the well being of our lovely local park in Hove.website
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Surrenden Field, Friends ofOur aim is to protect, conserve and enhance Surrenden Field as a place of freedom, recreation and enjoyment for the long-term benefit of all sections of the local community.facebook
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The Grange RottingdeanThe volunteering team meet at the Lutyens designed garden of The Grange on the 3rd Thursday of every month. They welcome gardeners across the spectrum of knowledge, from none to lots and provide tools and refreshments. Starts at 10.30 finishes around 12.30. If you would like to join them please email.email
The Level, Communities ForumThe Level Communities Forum works closely with the city council to help provide community activities and events so that this restored park continues to offer a warm welcome to all. The Level has a full-time onsite Garden Manager, who also runs a weekly volunteer garden club. The park was restored thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund in 2013.website
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Three Cornered Copse, Friends ofThree Cornered Copse is a triangle of partly wooded downland that separates the residential streets of Woodland Drive and Woodland Avenue in Hove. The group meet together regularly to keep it beautiful for the love of it.website
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Vale Park Portslade, Friends ofWe are a voluntary group keen to involve our local community in maintaining a park that everyone can enjoy and be proud of.website
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Victoria Park Portslade, Friends ofOur group is for anyone in the local community who uses or cares about Victoria Park, Portslade and wants to see better and new facilities in the park. Help us fundraise, campaign and influence to create a better environment for all park users.email
07966 235521
Waterhall, Friends of
(Waterhall Conservation Area)
A group of volunteers who concern themselves with all aspects of looking after Waterhall Valley and Downland. Winter sheep grazing helps maintain sections of the conservation area and bramble and scrub clearance enable paths to be kept open. Native tree and shrub planting continues to improve the local environment.
We hold work days every 3 months. All ages welcome.
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01273 882695
Westdene Green, Friends ofWe promote and protect Westdene Green as a multipurpose community space and bring people together through events and community action. At The Barn on the Green we aim to help build a more connected community by creating a focal point for a variety of enriching activities, social events and information and by engaging local people of all ages.website
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Wildflower Conservation Society - Brighton & beyondWe manage the gathering and propagation of local wild flower seeds and then arrange the planting in sites across the city. We are based in Stanmer Village and always on the lookout for new volunteers.email
William Clarke Park, Friends of
'The Patch'
The Friends of William Clarke Park is a not-for-profit community organisation with a mission to improve a small green space (also known as 'The Patch') situated in the Hanover and Elm Grove ward of Brighton and Hove and promote it as a focus for local community life. We are dedicated to making the space a cleaner and safer environment for all local people to enjoy and to create events to bring the community together.website
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Wish Park Hove, Friends ofWe enjoy enhancing many aspects of the park for all who use it - people and wildlife.website
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Withdean & Westdene Woods
Local Nature Reserve (TWEACK)
TWEACK manage both Withdean and Westdene Woods and a small strip of woodland between Eldred Avenue and the railway, now designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR.) Since 1993 members have helped purchase land, made significant improvements to access, organised working groups and held events.website
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Withdean Park Dog Walking CommunityWe hold work-days in the park in conjunction with FO Withdean Park and Cityparks – to fill in the holes. There’s no such thing as a poo fairy.! Complimentary bags at the top and bottom of the compound.website
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Withdean Park, Friends ofPromoting the wellbeing of Withdean Park, its natural environment and former National Lilac Collection for the enjoyment of the public.website
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Woodbourne Meadow, Friends ofOur group works on enhancing and protecting the area of meadow and woodland alongside the Ditchling Road and Cuckmere Way, whilst also aiming to increase public access and involvement.facebook
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01273 880098