Hearts and Flowers

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Samphire Brighton & Hove CIC informs and educates people in sustainable and organic flower growing.

Since 2018 the social enterprise has been taking forward activities focused on promoting local growing as an alternative to the unsustainable commercial cut flower industry. Our project Hearts and Flowers is based at a one-acre site at Stanmer Organics in the South Downs National Park. We provide a welcoming space for local people with barriers to nature to take part in sessions designed to boost mental and physical health.

These one-day sessions are grant-funded and free to the community groups that we work with. Hearts & Flowers also has some capacity to provide volunteering opportunities with the chance for people to gain new skills. 

Type of activities:

Sharing knowledge and hands on experience around organic flower growing. Crafts using natural materials, creative activities and mindfulness.

Specialist client experience:

Our experience is engaging adults experiencing poor mental health as well as those with autism.

The different activities were a super combination as they had a short meditation to begin with followed by mosaic making. All the staff and volunteers were very friendly, warm and encouraging.


–   participant 2022   –


Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, BN1 9SE

Project info

Transport provided:

Public transport and parking:
The 23 and 25 bus to Sussex University and then walk 25 minutes through the park. Or 78 bus hourly to Stanmer Village. (Sundays; Currently weekdays Brighton Hove buses timetable for Summer),


Time-limited course:
We offer one-day sessions for community groups with barriers to nature.

Tues / Thurs / Sun


Member projects

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Therapeutic gardening groups in Brighton & the South Downs, including activities for those living with mental health difficulties & dementia.

Centre for Ecotherapy

Therapeutic gardening project in Stanmer Park, Brighton.


Grow offers people the chance to enjoy the beautiful, local countryside in a friendly and supportive group with locations across Sussex.

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a community allotment, a food growing project and therapeutic garden in Hove.

Rock Farm

Rock Farm is a working market garden, community space and horticultural therapy project on a 6-acre site near Steyning.

Sacred Earth 

A community-owned land project near Horam, East Sussex that is dedicated to life, learning and working in harmony with nature.

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Circle of Life Rediscovery

This project outside Lewes, East Sussex aims to transform education, health and families through nature.

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The Plot (Stanmer Park)

A community-led sanctuary space for sharing and nurturing creativity, community spirit and connection.

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The Wild Mind Project

Providing emotional and mental wellbeing support to young people through nature activities combined with creative activities.

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Living Vital

Living Vital are an organic food growing community garden located at the back of Stanmer Park in Brighton.

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Wild Gathering CiC

They create and facilitate nature connection health and wellbeing workshop programmes, events, and guided mindful walks.

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Rainbow CommUnity Projects CIC

A non-profit organization which aims at reconnecting people to nature and to each other

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Hearts and Flowers

Samphire Brighton & Hove CIC informs and educates people in sustainable and organic flower growing.