GIA (Gardening In Action)

Upcoming events:

Choosing Structures for Community Groups

A jargon-free webinar on the benefits of choosing an appropriate legal structure, and where to go for help if you need it.

Thursday 14th March, 6.15pm - 7.30pm online - free

Book via Eventbrite

Setting up and running a community group is exciting and rewarding. Most of us get involved because we’re passionate about something. Thinking about legal structures, government bureaucracy and constitutions might be the last thing on our minds!

However, setting up a useful legal structure for your community group can help protect you and other volunteers, make it easier to apply for funding, and mean that your group is able to operate more effectively.

Whether you belong to an existing community group or are thinking about setting up a community group, or just want to find out more, you are welcome to join us.

Delivered by: GIA (Gardening In Action) CIC, 3VA (Voluntary Action for Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden), Havens Community Hub and Greenhavens Network CIO.


Coffee morning at Seaford Library with funding expert Caz O’Kane

Tuesday 19th March, 10.30am - 12.30am, Seaford Library - free

More information and optional booking via Eventbrite

Applying for funding for community groups can be a minefield, so we’re delighted to welcome Caz O’Kane – expert in Funding and Charity consultation - to Seaford. Bring all your questions about how and where to apply for funding! This will be an informal conversation and meeting, targeted towards community groups in our area. You can book if you wish via Eventbrite, but you are also welcome just to turn up on the day.

BIPC Sussex offers free support to small businesses, non profits and community groups across Sussex. Find out about their other events here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/cc/workshops-webinars-networking-events-386209



GIA is a Community Interest Company which seeks to grow the joy of plants and gardening in everyone: enriching lives, building communities, increasing employment opportunities, advocating good horticultural practice, and positively impacting the environment.

We offer practical support to community gardens, we run friendly and inclusive gardening workshops in community spaces, we help run the Peverells Community Garden in Seaford (in partnership with Roots Rising CIC) and we operate a successful horticultural work experience programme to help people into employment. 

Please take a look around our website. Please get in touch if we can help - we'd love to hear from you!

Community gardens

We've worked with many groups and initiatives throughout East Sussex. If you run a community garden, look after a community space or are thinking about doing so please get in touch - perhaps we can help! This might be anything from advice on what to grow and when to plant, through to how to set up a community group, where to look for funding and what to do about insurance.

Some examples of the community gardens we're working with at the moment are: Falmer Station Community Garden, The Compound at St Leonard's On Sea and The Land at Harbour Heights, Newhaven. Have a look at our Community Gardens pages to find out more.

Photo: The Compound community garden at St Leonard's

Photo: The Peverell's Garden, Seaford - with Roots Rising CIC

The Peverell's Garden

A little-known play park called The Peverells in the Cradle Hill area of Seaford is home to a secret garden! The Peverells play park also encompasses The Cabin which has been developing its growing space. 

Our secret garden is developing fast: we've now got a polytunnel, secure fencing, storage and raised beds. Coming soon will be a greenhouse and wheelchair matting to make the site accessible. And of course, a seating area for tea, coffee and chatting!

The Peverell's Garden is adjacent to Raymond Close in Seaford. BN25 3DW, located behind The Cabin, at the top left-hand corner of the play park.

We run inclusive volunteer sessions and workshops. If you'd like to find out more or get involved we'd love to hear from you!

Find out more about The Peverell's, including how to find us!

The Peverell's garden is a collaborative project delivered by GIA CIC and Roots Rising CIC.

'Cultivate' into work programme

The Cultivate training programme provides job seekers, career changers, and college students with quality work experience. Hours volunteered and skills learned will be documented with employment references provided*. Training is given in a range of horticulture skills by qualified, experienced horticulturalists.  

We've been running the programme since 2022, and of the 30 people who've joined the programme, 28 have successfully found employment, and 2 are still with us.

Our only requirement is that you're over 16 years old. We'd ideally like a regular commitment of 2 to 16 hours a week but could accommodate a smaller or larger number of hours. We have a positive attitude to overcoming mental and physical challenges and would love to work with you and support your journey to accessing the career you seek. 

We are happy to talk to work coaches and colleges regarding placements.

Photo: Cultivate users pruning street trees in Seaford

Photo: bespoke fruit tree pruning workshop for Trees for Seaford volunteers, in association with Peacehaven Community Orchard

Gardening Workshops

GIA promotes health and wellbeing through community gardening. One way we do this is by running friendly and inclusive workshops at community gardens and events, as well as bespoke workshops for community groups.

Our workshops are a way for people to make new connections, work alongside others and learn a new skill.

Especially if you think gardening 'isn't for me', we'd encourage you to come along and have a go!

We'll let you know details of upcoming workshops on our website, facebook and instagram.