Announcing our 2020 photo competition

Photo by Henry Frankel

Capture the colours of the park.

We are looking for images from amateur photographers of all ages that portray the colours of Preston Park. Feel free to interpret this theme as you see fit.

Please take your photos in landscape mode and send to us in the highest quality format your camera or phone will allow.

The best shots will be incorporated in our 2021 calendar.

Entries close 31 August. Max four photos per person.

Email to photos@friendsofprestonpark.org, providing your name and contact details.

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More wreath making fun – were you there?

Thanks to Rose Jones for these lovely photos …

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Wreath making fun

After yesterday’s successful event, Brighton & Hove is today adorned by 100+ new festive wreaths.

Thanks to all those from Friends of St Peter’s and Friends of Preston Park who helped make it all possible, especially Andy Jeavons who supervised the gathering of the foliage. And thanks to Jilly Welch for these pics…

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Sad end to Preston Twin

Yesterday one of the ancient Preston Twin elms was cut down. Unfortunately, it was damaged and diseased and its time had come.

Thanks to Rose Jones for these pictures.

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Preston Park 2020 Calendar

Our 2020 calendars are now available at £5 each, containing 12 of this year’s best photo competition entries.

We will have a large stock available for purchase at the Chalet Cafe this Saturday 7th December, from 9.30 to 11.30, when our photo winners can also pick up their trophies.

At any other time, you’ll find that each of the cafes in the park has a stock or you can always email us at info@friendsofprestonpark.org.

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Winners of this year’s photo competition

Adult category

1st – Henry Frankel (shown above)

2nd – Dominique Levack

3rd – Simon Stott

Under 20s

Winner – Frankie Rogers

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Calendars featuring 12 of the best photos are available at the Chalet Cafe or Rotunda Cafe from Wednesday this week at £5 each. Alternatively, email info@friendsofprestonpark.org.

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Christmas Wreath Making Event – book early!

We will be holding our annual wreath making event on Saturday December 14th at St Peter’s Church by Preston Manor.

Make your own wreath using local greenery, for just £10. We will help you get started and ply you with tea, mince pies and Christmas music.

This year we are accepting advance bookings for four separate time slots, at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm, with strictly limited numbers. To make your booking and pay in advance, go to the Friends of St Peter’s.

UPDATE: The 11am session is now SOLD OUT

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Halloween Lantern Walk – 26th October

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Vote for your favourite photos of 2019

Voting is now open for this year’s photo competition. We have whittled down the entries to 22 for adults (from which you pick your favourite three) and two for age 19 and under (you need just pick one).

Vote in the adult category

Vote in the ae 19 and under category

Voting closes on 31st October. The winners will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on 30th November.

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A sad farewell to George

The Preston Manor Walled Garden volunteers were very sad indeed to say goodbye to Garden Manager George Harris who retired a couple of weeks ago after around 20 years of looking after the north end of the park.

Many people will remember having a friendly chat with him as he worked in the area. His remit was the Walled Garden, the manor’s kitchen garden, the area outside the front of the manor, the Coronation Garden and its wild pond, the manor’s croquet lawn, the churchyard of St Peter’s as well as working elsewhere when he was needed.

George’s knowledge of plants and their care is extraordinary – he is the consummate expert and will be badly missed for that alone. But he was a joy to work for, we all loved his company. Thank you George!

Volunteer gardeners, the Walled Garden

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