Lovebrook Farm – regenerative food production and community well-being

I take every opportunity I can to visit Lovebrook Farm in Kingston Nr Lewes, it’s a wonderful place with a deep connection to nature. Hannah and Richard are the custodians of the land and bring their experience of community work to the 33 acres, wanting to share the rewards of being in nature and going back to basics to grow our own food with everyone in the community.

“The ambitious project includes a market garden, orchard, therapeutic wellbeing days, farm shop, and plans for a forest garden, areas of rewilding, chalk grassland, woodland planting, camping areas and laying hens.” –

The first time I visited was on a day trip organised by a Brighton & Hove Project called Soil in the City that aimed to bring people from urban areas in to the rural spaces to see local food production. It was a frosty winter morning and although our toes had frozen stiff, we enjoyed being shown the edible and medicinal herbs growing naturally across the land, we got busy foraging and Richard showed us how to make a tincture in the outdoor communal space.

I was lucky enough to visit again in spring and the comparison was great. There was a group of trainees busy working in the polytunnel and in the beds. Hannah is passionate about the space being used for learning and giving people opportunities to learn regenerative practices. There are also regular volunteer days including ones with a well-being focus for those of us who like a slower-pace.

Hannah showed me the area which has been given to a local group that brings pre-school children to have a go at growing veggies, plus an area which will be developed in to a food forest, and a well-being space with a fire pit. To round it all off they have a camping field where you can enjoy a night nestled in the South Downs. 

Lovebrook has four growers that help look after the Veg Bag scheme by growing deliciously fresh and crunchy produce. I enjoyed tasting many different varieties of salad leaves and left with a bundle of tangy coriander. Richard can be found at the Lewes Farmers Market selling local harvest, or produce can be bought in their farm shop. (links below)

The community work is supported by the commercial venture so that a circular economy is in place where the Farm Shop and Veg Bag scheme, as well as the camping, gives and creates space for the benefit of the community, and vice versa. 

Monday Community Volunteer Day
Come and join us on the land at Lovebrook 10-1 every Monday. This is an opportunity to learn and participate as we develop the farm environment and the beginnings of a permaculture food forest here at Lovebrook. All abilities are welcome in this friendly community environment – enjoy fresh air, purposeful tasks, meeting new friends, and join us for a healthy lunch at the end of the session too!
Contact: for more info
Women’s Wellbeing In Nature Course
This is an 8-week eco-therapeutic course for women, and is particularly beneficial for those experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic illness, social isolation or other emotional challenges. We spend time connecting in nature, sharing circle time, and exploring gentle mindful and wellbeing practices in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. This next course begins July 19th, and is free to access.
Contact:  for more info and an application form.
Flowery Fridays
We invite you to come and pick your own bunches of fresh, organically grown flowers on a Friday 10-3. Have a cuppa with us, grab the secateurs and choose the freshest blooms either by the stem of the bucketful. Perfect for your home, for presents, or for budding bunchmakers.
Contact: to let us know you are coming
Saturday Farm Shop
Every Saturday 9-12 you can come and buy our market garden produce – fresh organically grown veg from right here in Kingston. Plus pastries, fresh bread, dips, cheese, jams, juice and more, all from local suppliers from around the region.
Lovebrook Farm Shop, The Street, KIngston, BN7 3NT

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