Community allotment hosts open day to encourage new members

The Roots community allotment
By James Langley

A student-run community allotment hosted an open day to encourage new members to join last Saturday.

Roots, the University of Sussex’s student allotment society, invited those interested in getting involved to have a look round the plot and help out with some gardening.

Meg Trump, a member of Roots, said: “It started and ended warm and bright with quite a few showers in the middle, a perfect day for plants. We managed to get a lot of jobs done inside and out.”

Heavy rain led to worries that nobody would attend, but around 30 people braved the weather, including friends, family and those curious about the patch.


Ms Trump, 23, said the allotment had been feeling unloved because most of the students had left Brighton for the summer.

Home-made cakes, rhubarb cordial and grilled vegetables fresh from the plot were served to those who attended, who were also invited to cut and take home flowers.

Roots was set up to encourage students and others to learn more about permaculture, and as a way of escaping the stress of academic life.

Students, university staff and Brighton locals are among those who regularly help out at the plot.

Anybody interested in getting involved should visit

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