As you may have seen in the Argus, Brighton Pride has been given the go-ahead for a fenced and ticketed event in the park on August 13. As Pride will know exactly how many tickets have been sold, the facilities (loos etc) within the area should be sufficient for the number of people. We don’t know yet how many tickets will go on sale. Each of the entrances to the area will be manned by security personnel who will ensure the entrant has a ticket and that no glass is taken into the area. There remains an unknown factor about how many people might turn up without a ticket and remain outside the fenced area. Pride is aware of this and will do what they can to prevent a build-up of people. They have assured us, for instance, that prominent ads displayed on the route to the park will make it plain that entry is only permitted with a ticket. In the meantime, Pride has asked the local residents to let them know where possible where anti-social trouble hot-spots may occur – from this information they intend to deploy security personnel. You can contact Pride via www.brightonpride.org where there is an opportunity to give your view.
Minutes of Public Meeting 29 01 11 (PDF, 65K)
On Wednesday 16th February from 10am, you have the opportunity to participate in laying a new hedge in Preston Park using traditional methods and tools. The work will be overseen by Park Ranger Gary Mayer. Meet near the childrens’ playground.
On December 15th, Tony Benton and Sue Shepherd of Friends of Preston Park met with representatives from Brighton Pride to discuss next year’s Pride event. Click on the link to see the minutes: MeetingBrightonPride (PDF)
This watercolour by Charles Knight on the Brighton’s Architecture site, shows Captain Bertie MacLaren’s never-realised grand scheme for Preston Park in the 1920s.
The next open public meeting of the Friends of Preston Park will take place on Tuesday 16th November in the Men’s Bowling Pavilion at 7pm. Download the agenda. All welcome.
Amy Kennedy, Green City Councillor for Preston Park Ward on Brighton & Hove City Council has emailed us to advise you of the following:
“… at last week’s Full Council meeting I handed in a petition bearing over 2,200 signatures on behalf of Francis at the Rotunda, calling for action on the parking situation in the park. In response to this, a working group is being set up to look at the problem. I’ve asked that Friends of Preston Park be invited to join the group, and I’ll let you know when I have more details.”
John Padmore has provided this helpful leaflet to explain why we went to great trouble to ensure that all 17000 bluebells planted at last Saturday’s bluebell planting bonanza were English.
The Friends of Preston Park and Cityparks present a Bumper Bluebell-planting Bonanza! on Saturday, 30th October, 11-3pm at the Rock Garden, Preston Park.
Young and old are welcome to come along and make a difference to the beautiful Rock Garden at Preston Park by planting NATIVE ENGLISH BLUEBELL BULBS. We have a huge number of bulbs for you to plant in artistic swathes in the woodland area at the top of the garden.
We’ll have food available including hot soup, as well as live entertainment from the KJO Radio Band and DJ Simon Reid. If you can, bring a trowell and a mug for the soup. And make sure you dress appropriately for the weather!
Note that, because the area is at the top of the Rock Garden, access is restricted.