Newhaven Green Centre

by Newhaven Green Centre CIC in Newhaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st January 2022 we successfully raised £6,001 with 81 supporters in 77 days

The Newhaven Green Centre is a new project, helping local people protect the environment and save money, by sharing more and wasting less.

by Newhaven Green Centre CIC in Newhaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we are able to raise funds above our initial target, it will cover the rent & insurance on our shop for longer.

1636711472_circular_logo_2.jpgThe Newhaven Green Centre is a new organisation in Newhaven, East Sussex. We run pop-up stalls at local community events offering information and advice about recycling and reuse, collecting some difficult to recycle items, and running a 'Sharing Shop' to help people share any unwanted ‘waste’ items.

We are also in the process of setting up a sharing library, to lend items that we all need sometimes but don’t need all the time: things like tents, tea urns, extra plates & cutlery for family parties, travel cots for visitors with children. Library members will be able to borrow items on short-term loans, just like you can with books from a town library, so you don't need to buy new things (which costs you money & uses lots of resources) & find storage space at home (which fills up your living space).

By sharing what we have and being clever with our waste, we can greatly reduce the amount we need to buy or throw away. That way, we can all reduce our environmental impact while also saving money.



We want to have a shop premises in Newhaven town centre as a home for our activities. Having our own permanent space would allow us to do so much more than we do now, and would help us to reach many more people.

Once the shop opens, we will be working towards opening the sharing library as soon as possible, gathering items for our lending stock, setting up our library systems and publicising it to potential members

And from the very beginning the premises will house:

  • A ‘Sharing Shop’: an area where visitors can leave any unwanted items for other people to collect. We encourage visitors to donate saleable items to local charity shops, but we’ll take anything else, from books with torn covers to half-finished bottles of shampoo.
  • Information about recycling: what can and can’t go in the council-run kerbside recycling schemes, how to recycle other items
  • Collection of some difficult-to-recycle items: we’ll collect hard plastics, corks, rags and some other items for recycling.
  • A list of local people & organsations who can use 'waste': even better than recycling your waste, give it to someone who can reuse it - food scraps can go to community composting, jam jars to arts & crafts groups, mobile phones can be donated to developing world projects. We'll try to match up your 'waste' with someone else's 'raw materials'.
  • A library of environmental books: a collection of books on environmental subjects, from solar energy to compost toilets, all available to read on-site.
  • Information on household grants: we’ll maintain a database of grants available to householders for environmental purposes, ie the Renewable Heat Incentive for installing heat pumps.

And after we've got going, we will use the space to:

  • Run skills-sharing workshops: learn from the experts how to saw in a straight line, use open source software on your computer, or other skills offered by members of our local community
  • Run a repair café: an informal setting where you can bring your broken toaster, torn shirt or other rescue-able things and see if our resident experts can help you to fix it.



This campaign will help us to cover the costs of rent and insurance for 6 months – approximately £6,000. This will allow us to get set up and open our doors to the public, start sharing information, and give us the opportunity to get the sharing library up and running.

We are already in touch with some town-centre property owners, and are confident that we will be able to secure a suitable premises quickly after getting funding.


Our stretch target is a simple one - if we can raise another £4000, we will be able to afford rent and insurance for another six months! So please pledge what you can, and it will secure our premises for longer.


We’re grateful to have been included in the Projects That Matter scheme. This means that East Sussex County Council will match donations made to this project, so long as we receive at least 30 pledges in the first week of the campaign, and they total at least £1000.

This is a wonderful opportunity to raise significantly more money for the Green Centre, so please pledge what you can, and please pledge soon!

Details can be found here:


Newhaven Green Centre was started by Adam Bushell, Rachel Fryer & Hannah Reynolds, who have since been joined by Paul Keene and Becca Tann. All of us are residents of Newhaven, and passionate about helping our local community as well as reducing our impact on the environment.

As well as this group of core trustees, we have an ever expanding team of friends and volunteers.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Introduction to green woodworking

Over the course of one day, starting with a log, you'll learn how to make a simple stool using traditional tools and techniques. With experienced carpenter and greenwood worker Rebecca Tann. A perfect Christmas present activity! Rebecca Tann (@thewoodentiger) • Instagram photos and videos Outdoor venue to be arranged in East Sussex, and date in Summer 2022 to be agreed with all participants.

£5 or more

Our undying gratitude

For a donation of £5 or more, you will receive our undying gratitude and the warm glow of doing a good thing :-)

£20 or more

A 'thank you' on our website

For a £20 donation, we will include your name on a list donors on our website.

£50 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Invitation to a special supporters' launch event.

For £50 or more you will receive the same benefits as for the £20 reward, and you will also receive an invitation to a special launch event at the new shop when it opens. We will confirm the date after we have secured premises. Please note that if we do not raise enough to open the shop on the back of this campaign, we will hold a 'thank you' event at an alternative venue.

£50 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Baby wipes all-in-one kit

Baby wipes kit. It includes cloths, bags, soaking solutions and oils.

£70 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Private Piano Recital

An exclusive piano recital for up to 5 people (children welcome) of up to one hour in length. This will be given by one of the trustees, Rachel Fryer, who is also a professional pianist. It will take place either in her home or in a local venue of your choice to be organised by you.

£100 or more

Personalised environmental consultation

As well as receiving the £20 and £50 rewards, we can offer you an individual consultation with your household on how to reduce waste and 'green up' your lifestyle. This can be done via email, in your home or online, depending on your preference and location.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 voucher for the Newhaven Coffee House

The Newhaven Coffee House has an extensive menu of high quality, tasty food - from home-made cakes to full meals (including veggie options). They also roast their own coffee, and have a huge range of teas. With this reward, you can treat yourself in the finest coffee-house in town!

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Cheeky wipes: Make up kits

Make up kits from Cheeky Wipes:

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