VAP’s work in the UK > Past projects > Stanmer Organics/Brighton Earthship
Stanmer Organics is a unique project situated on 17 acres of Soil Association accredited land, in the beautiful Stanmer Park adjoining the University of Sussex near Brighton.
Stanmer Organics is committed to environmental protection and improvement. The member groups offer a diverse range of resources and activities including habitat creation, growing trees and wildflowers for conservation planting, permaculture, school grounds, private and public gardens, food production for sale locally, culinary and medicinal herbs for cafes and restaurants, educational visits, renewable technology, earth kilns for traditional firing techniques, green waste management, green wood working, providing therapeutic space, play areas, orchards and ponds, sculpture, and the making of artworks with natural materials. Stanmer Organics creates different spaces that work practically and aesthetically.
The Brighton Earthship was the first Earthship to be built in England and was built as a community centre for Stanmer Organics. This demonstration project enables people to come and experience a cutting edge eco-build and be inspired to respond to climate change in their own ways back at home and at work. It is a sustainable community centre, it promotes changing values in the construction industry and inspires positive action in individuals to generate environmental change through modifying people’s behaviour to less carbon intensive lifestyles.
VAP organised a first international voluntary workcamp at the Brighton Earthship in 2007 and, jointly with Concordia UK, two other workcamps in 2008 and 2009 at Stanmer Organics.