Community Food Project Support

Beginning a project can be daunting. Luckily there is a wealth of advice available. Here are some handy links to get you started. 
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact and we’ll try and connect you to the right advice.

Starting a community garden

Have you found the perfect space for a community garden but don’t know how to start. Gardening in Action has produced a toolkit to answer all of your questions with useful Lewes District information.

Setting up a community allotment

Common Cause set up the Lewes Organic Allotment Project in 1998 learning a lot along the way. They published a guide to help others.

Starting a community food project

Covering a range of food projects, this is a great place to start on your community food project journey.

Set up a Community Fridge

Hubbub has helped establish community fridges all over the country. Visit their website for advice on how to start.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Farming with community buy-in, providing local support for the farm and fresh produce and a healthy environment for the community. 

Support the ‘Right to Grow’ Campaign by Incredible Edible

Struggling to find land for growing?

A Right to Grow would require local authorities to maintain a free, accessible map of all public land that is suitable for community cultivation or wildlife projects. 

First Steps for your Community Project

The Resource Centre can guide you through legal structures, constitutions, bank accounts, group policies and more.

Register with Environmental Health

All food businesses and projects providing food should register with environmental health at your local council at least 28 days before opening.

Set up a Welcome Space

A guide from The Money Saving Expert on setting up a warm space in your community.

Join the Grow Cook Eat Network

Connect with community food projects in the Lewes District. Learn and share with each other. Email growcookeat@lewesdistrictfood

Acquiring permission to create a community growing space on Lewes District Council land