We usually have volunteer opportunities for people interested in general gardening and growing chillies.  You don’t need any gardening knowledge or experience as we share what we know and work in mixed ability groups.
We run sessions at Worthing Leisure Centre on a Monday, Thursday and Friday and are at The Community House on Wednesdays.

Get in touch for more information or to arrange a visit.


Our Friday gardening session at Worthing Leisure Centre and Field Place is designed for those who have physical limitations or want to take things a little more easy.  We run 2 sessions – from 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30 every Friday.

If you can’t make a Friday though, there may be opportunities at another of our mixed sessions.

Get in touch for more information or to arrange a visit.

We welcome people who have autism or learning disabilities and our mixed sessions on a Monday and Thursday are very popular.
Get in touch for more information or to arrange a visit.
Sussex Chilli Farm produce a range of chilli products including our famous Lemon Drop Chilli Jam in the commercial kitchen at Field Place.  Garden volunteers take part in food preparation at the end of our growing season but we are keen to develop what we do in the kitchen.  Please get in touch if you would like to get involved in the food preparation side of the project.
Sustainable Sussex are seeking a volunteer general administrator to help produce policy and other documents including maintaining records.  Either working from home or sharing hot-desks at Worthing Leisure Centre, this would be a great opportunity for someone looking for a productive but less physically active volunteer role.  Word processing and spreadsheet experience are essential for this position.  Please get in touch for more information.

Our Wish List

Sustainable Sussex is a grassroots, not for profit organisation and as such we rely on funding and the generosity of people and organisations.  We are really in need of some things to make our project more sustainable and accessible… if you can help with any of the following, please contact us!

  • Installation of electricity to our shed and to our greenhouse (estimated £1000 worth of work).  We also have 2 solar panels that we could grid tie or use offgrid if we had a battery bank or house battery. Installation of power is incredibly important to us as without it, our chilli grow gets too cold in it’s first months of the year.  We don’t use much power, but what we use is essential.
  • A commercial polytunnel as we lost 2 of our tunnels to wind and 1 to vandals (security and wind protection (planting) measures in progress)!
  • A mini-bus with tow-hitch.  We have a trailer but can’t get the volunteers to other sites, such as Kings Wood or Splash Point.  Having a mini-bus would mean that our groups could help out more on other projects too.  There are other horticulture and greenspace projects in need too and so would aim to share use of the bus and trailer (and our community owned chipper/shredder) when not in use.  An electric or hybrid vehicle would be the ideal choice as we aim to be entirely sustainable.
  • Branded T-Shirts, hi-vis vests and waterproof jackets Would really help volunteers feel part of a team and offer rewards for length of service.
Kitchen equipment:
  • Commercial (Robot Coupe CL50 or similar) food processor for processing chillies, garlic and other items for our products.
  • Manual filling machine to bottle our chilli, garlic and herb infused oils and our trickier to bottle chilli jams!
  • Trade scales to ensure that our products meet advertised weight.  We are currently over-filling all of our jars and bottles!
  • Kitchen aprons and hats.
Garden, woodland and growing:
  • Steel toe cap boots, waterproofs and other PPE.
  • Bill hooks, draw-knives and green woodworking tools.
  • Felling leaver with cant hook.
  • Charcoal kiln.
  • Vice
  • Work mate
  • Leaders:  First aid at Work, chainsaw felling small trees, Food hygiene level 2 & 3
  • Volunteers: Food hygiene level 1 & 2