The Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation Committee
President – Gerry Nevill (Coldean)
Mark Carroll (Chair)
I’ve worked an allotment at Roedale Valley since 1997, and got my own plot in 1999. I
joined the BHAF committee in 2013 as the ‘Publicity Officer’ and became Chairman in 2018.
I was born in Brighton. I grew up in Bevendean and Coldean and I’ve lived in Brighton all my life apart from some spells working away. I now work full time running my own internet
business with my partner and I have a daughter aged 16 who was practically ‘grown on the
allotment!’ Over the years I have come to realise how incredibly important allotments are,
not just for food growing and for physical and mental health but also for benefits they bring
to the wider environment in terms of bio-diversity and the green corridor they bring into
the city. It’s quite remarkable that we still have a right to allotments in law, the legislation
requiring Councils to provide sufficient allotments has been challenged multiple times over
the years but still remains intact. I feel passionately that allotments need to be protected
into the future for our children and their children.
Simon Powell (Vice-Chair)
I’m a self-employed gardener by trade, and BHAF Vice-chair and Ecology Officer. I graduated
from Sussex Uni in 2003 with a BSc in Ecology & Conservation, and settled in Brighton.
I grow organically, learning my growing skills as a volunteer at the Whitehawk Community
Food Project 2001-2017. I’ve had my own plot on Whitehawk Hill since 2004, where my son
is now learning some practical skills while helping to supplement our family’s diet. I’m
continually struck by how much better homegrown food tastes compared to shop-bought.
Hannes Froehlich (Treasurer)
I live with my family at 5-ways and we’ve had an allotment at the Roedale valley site since
2007. I’ve been involved in the Roedale Allotments and Gardens Association (RAGS) since
2011 as treasurer. In 2014 I joined the BHAF committee as treasurer.
Hilary Standing (Secretary)
I’ve had an allotment at Keston (Patcham) for 20 years, and still haven’t got the bindweed
under control. I’m also still amazed every year at how things magically grow to produce fruit
and vegetables. I joined the BHAF committee in 2018, initially representing the Keston
Association, and became Secretary in 2019. I love the “make do” and sharing culture of
allotments and the informal learning that allotments encourage. I am keen to promote and
widen the appeal of allotment gardening as an inclusive activity for everyone.
Josephina Salamone (Plotholders’ Liaison Officer)
I was elected to the committee in 2014. I have since been loyal to BHAF as the
association of the City’s allotment tenants, trying my best to represent tenants vis-a-vis the
Council, helping them resolving their issues. I believe that there is no contradiction between
the Council’s commitment to provide high quality service to its tenants and our
commitment to represent them.
Andrew Amos (Site Rep Support)
I’ve had an allotment at Roedale Valley for 26 years. I have been site representative there
for 21 years and have been shop and tearoom manager for 8 years. I have been visiting allotments since I was two years old with my grandad who also ran an allotment shop in the
sixties and seventies. I have recently been elected onto the BHAF committee to help with
site rep training.
I have been an allotment plot holder on Whitehawk Hill for 22 years and am a site
representative. I love the wildness of this site. The views from the Hill encompass sunrise
and sunset and look out onto the sea. This is a magical place that keeps me grounded. I
grow flowers and herbs as well as fruit and vegetables. I am passionate about organic
gardening, which respects all life forms. In recent years I have become more and
more interested in medicinal plants, particularly in those often referred to as weeds. As well
as providing space for people to grow food allotments give shelter to wildlife. Both these
aspects are so important in a busy city like ours. Allotments need to be respected, protected
Growing up in the city I was fortunate to spend my childhood summers in the countryside,
and I’ve felt drawn to nature ever since. I took on a plot at Campsite (Portslade) in 2016, and
here started the mission to prove that yes, it is possible to manage a full plot alongside a
career in financial services and a busy social life. The long learnt but not forgotten skills
passed down from my grandfather soon came in handy, and the plot is now running at full
speed. I strongly believe allotments have an important place as far as wellbeing goes; as
well as an important link back to the tradition of own food production which may well
become the answer to a more sustainable way of life in the future. I joined the Committee
in 2018 and hope to bring in a fresh perspective in supporting and protecting allotments and
their tenants in the years to come.
Angela Jane Swinn
I’ve been gardening at Windmill Hill in Rottingdean since 2000. I have a rural background,
have studied Agricultural Science, Animal Science and I’m a Central Saint Martins Fine Art
graduate. I create book cover art as well as working on my own illustrated children’s books. I garden organically, with biodiversity at the heart of all I do. I joined the BHAF committee in 2019
Heidi joined the BHAF committee in 2019. She is a site representative at the Weald.
Allan is currently taking temporary leave.
The working Committee 2019 consists of.
Chairman – Mark Carroll (Roedale Valley)
Vice Chairman – Simon Powell (Whitehawk)
Treasurer – Hannes Froehlich (Roedale Valley)
Secretary (Acting) – Hilary Standing (Keston)
Plot Holders Liaison Officer – Giuseppina Salamone (Moulsecoomb)
Andrew Amos (Roedale Valley) – Site Rep Support
Jane Griffin (Whitehawk Hill)
Allan Brown (Roedale Valley)
Angela Jane Swinn (Windmill Hill)
Milda Lua (Campsite)
Heidi Watson (Weald)