Busy in Brighton

Author Huw Morgan

Pond dipping / Lauren Barnhurst

A busy start to the year with Access to Nature getting involved in several new projects. I’ve been working with a group of pupils from Longhill School, coppicing in Stanmer Park and scrub bashing on Beacon Hill. The bird feeders at a Patcham residential care home are being well used and an area has been set aside for a wildlife-friendly garden.

A further section of native hedgerow was planted up in Bevendean and the Somerset Point residents gardening group are ready to plant up their hedgerow as the starting point of a wildlife-friendly gardening project. At Coldean school the pond and eco-area are developing well with both pupils and parents keen to start work on improving the area for wildlife. A platform has been installed and the pond should be ready for dipping by the summer.

Bevendean Primary School have booked a series of eight forest school sessions for the summer term and I’ll be running a similar course for Portslade Community College in May. Work up at the allotment for the homeless continues as does my involvement with the Belgrave special needs group for whom I run weekly conservation tasks.

Click here to find out more about activities the Access to Nature team is carrying out in both Hastings/St Leonards and Brighton and Hove.

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