Winners of the 2022 Photo Competition

The winners were announced at Thursday’s AGM. They are:

Abstract Images – Winner – Holly Dyson
Park Life – Winner – Kirsten Du Toit
Park Views – Winner – Mike Sandeman

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who took part!

Petition to Brighton & Hove City Council to refurbish the toilet facilities within Preston Park

As the largest park in the city, Preston Park is used daily by a great number of people. As the ‘People’s Park’ it is used not only by those who live locally, but also by a great number of external visitors. It hosts many events and is home to several sports clubs. People of all ages use the facilities, including those who visit to admire the magnificent historical landscape.

Yet, what lets our park down are the appalling unsanitary, unclean, and embarrassing conditions of the toilet areas. Visitors are visibly shocked, and regular users are fed up and angry that they are not being listened to when they ask for something to be done. Often the toilets are shut as they are not safe and dirtier than usual. When this happens, the public often resort to using the park itself as a toilet!! This is a health hazard that needs to be addressed.

We are asking that funds are found to demolish and refurbish the toilet facilities. The renewal of these toilets will provide a much-needed asset to the city in terms of maintaining the essential sanitary conditions needed to keep the city safe and free from certain diseases. It will also demonstrate to the community that the council is listening to, and taking account of, its residents and their needs.

Please help us by signing this petition

Painting in the Park III

Our third artistic event took part on Sunday 9th October. The glorious sunshine and pleasant temperature made it all the more enjoyable for all those who took part, who produced vibrant and cheerful pieces of work using a vast range of media.

We will resume our Painting in the Park events in Spring 2023, so keep an eye out for news on our Events page.

A starling village in Preston Park

Friends of Preston Park will soon be putting up six starling nest boxes donated by Save our Starlings. Brighton Palace Pier murmuration is a delight for all those who witness the autumnal sky ballet, but this wonderful sight might soon be a thing of the past if we don’t act now to stop the number of birds diminishing. It is estimated that there has been a decline of 87% of starlings in the UK and Brighton over the past 30-40 years and they are now included on the red list of Birds of High Conservation Concern. You can support Save the Starlings by signing the online petition or by following the guidelines on how to make a starling-friendly garden, even having your own starling nest box.

Discover the history of Preston Park

On Sunday, November 6th at 11 am, Sue Shepherd will lead a walk around Preston Park, describing the colourful history of the park, supported by dozens of historic photos. The walk should last about 90 minutes. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions. Meet at the Rotunda at 11 am.