Bexhill Beach Garden

As part of our focus on accessibility across the district we have gained full planning permission to install an accessible beach garden space on Bexhill beach and to improve the disabled toilet facility on West Parade. This area will boast a ramp down onto the shingle, leading to several walkways and decked areas, as well as beach planting, educational signage and artworks. As much as possible the project will use reclaimed or recycled materials including old wooden groynes and railway sleepers donated by the Environment Agency.

The project will be working alongside the Bexhill Environmental Group who are leading on the vegetated shingle garden with their expert team of volunteers.

To find out more or to get involved please contact us directly by clicking HERE, or you can support through our fundraising page HERE, where you can even sponsor a plank and have your name, family name or a dedication to someone engraved on the decking and walkways.

We’d like to thank Remarkable Things LTD, D.Miles Plumbing, Southern Water, Homecall Charity, Southlands Place residential home, Amberley Nursery & Forest School, and local residents for their ongoing support.

Eco/Acticity Hub

On the 10th of September 2022 we opened the first of hopefully several Eco Hubs across the Rother District.

This is a relaxed community space where people are welcome to pop in for a chat or a space to create. We are open to all ages and abilities and offer a wide range of environmentally focused activities to try including, textile repurposing, making solar powered wooden toys, paper making, plastic bottle recycling, sewing, woodwork, and much more.

The hub has group sessions including a repair cafe, knitting groups, craft workshops, demonstrations, Young Pollinators, and a health hub. We also offer low cost room hire for groups wanting workshop space.

For a full break down of workshops each month please visit our Events or Facebook page.

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Health

Individual health and our environment can be very closely linked. We know that by simply being outdoors, in a natural environment, is good for your mental health and eating healthy can improve your physical health.

We run various activities that help promote healthy living whilst also supporting and improving our natural environment.

From fitness groups, health walks, cookery workshops, budgeting your food shop, or sourcing local and seasonal produce, we can support individuals or other community groups to promote and improve local health issues.
Recently we developed and printed our first No Waste Cookbook which you can pick up free at local food projects/banks across the Hastings and Rother area. We are also co-hosting a series of family cookery sessions in the Sidley area to help young children build skills and confidence in the kitchen with support from their adults/parents.

Litter Pick Activities

Across the year we undertake many community action activities, such as litter picking. We hold events across the Rother and surrounding area and support community events upon request and availability.

We are also a registered CleanUp UK Litter Hub. CleanUp UK is a small charity that enables community to work together to fight litter in their areas. They provide support and equipment to local groups and organisations that people can borrow.

All equipment is provided free of charge and we welcome all residents wanting to get involved. To keep up to date with our planned litter pick events please see our event page or visit our Facebook page.

Beach and Forest School

Throughout the year we offer many opportunities to engage with our local environment via our popular beach and forest school sessions. Our fully accredited and DBS checked staff and volunteers provide and whole range of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy.

These sessions run across several locations and will be advertised on the event page or our Facebook page. We also offer 1:1 family sessions, so please get in touch for details.

Women’s Group

The Women’s Group is a peer support group for women suffering feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, or simply want to meet new people and try new activities.
The group meet on either Monday’s or Saturday’s each week at various locations in the Bexhill area. Activities are designed to encourage positive mental health in a natural environment. Being in a green space is well known to increase mental health and and general feeling of wellbeing.
The group is free to attend and even offers opportunities for individuals to boost skills and their CV through optional formal training. So far a selection of participants have completed forest school accreditation, food hygiene training, first aid, and more.

Nature Inspired

Nature Inspired is a programme of art or creative activities and learning which helps individuals connect with nature, meet like minded people, and find a greater sense of wellbeing.
Activities include watercolour workshops, wreath making, recycling old items into new, exploring colour, and much more.
These sessions have been made possible from a grant from Local Giving and the Magic Little Grants.

Outdoors Education Space

Community Supporters is currently in discussion with Rother District Council to create an outdoor education space across 13 acres of green space in Little Common, Bexhill.

In 2021 we undertook a series of habitat surveys to ensure our activities and plans only enhance what the site already has to offer.

Initial suggestions for this area include a new wooded area and forest school, tree nursery, community orchard, pollinator sanctuary, rural craft workshops, hedge laying, and much more.

Keep up to date with activities via our Facebook page or contact us to share your ideas.

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