Rock Farm

Rock Farm is a project of One Church Brighton, transforming a six-acre market garden into a future-looking conservation food forest for the restoration of both natural species and vulnerable human beings.

They focus on three key areas: regenerative methods of food production, innovative conservation strategies and accessible community support for the most vulnerable.


Type of activities:

Food growing / Conservation / Ecotherapy activities / Creative and arts (including woodwork / building)

Specialist client experience:

Mental health, long-term unemployed, learning disabilities, vulnerable women, at-risk youth, low-income families

“Volunteering at Rock Farm is integral to my mental health and physical wellbeing and a key day in my week… it has become my safe space; a slice of normality and peace during challenging and uncertain times.”


– Rock Farm participant –


Rock Farm, The Hollow, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 3DA
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01273 694746



Project info

Transport provided:
Minibus from central Brighton on Wednesday and Friday

Public transport and parking:
Parking is available.


Time-limited course:

Free to volunteer
£400pp for 10-week nature connection, mental health and horticulture skills course. Bespoke training, support and permaculture courses available.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Shelter (heated cabin)
Lunch provided at some sessions
Level access but soft ground

Member projects

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Therapeutic gardening groups in Brighton, including activities for older people and those living with dementia.

Centre for Ecotherapy

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Rock Farm

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Sacred Earth 

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Ipse Wilderness

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Wild Mind

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Wild Wellbeing

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Circle of Life Rediscovery

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Living Vital

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