Another successful tree walk

Friends of Preston Park organised another successful tree walk in Preston Park. Tree expert, Peter Bourne was on hand to explain the various differences between the species of elm as well as other tree types. Those attending were amazed that not only does the park contain key species, i.e. the only one of a kind, but that some are also champions of their species, e.g. the oldest in the world. Peter was warmly applauded for his time and knowledge. Another walk has been scheduled for October 16th for all those who haven’t yet experienced the ‘Bourne – tree’ walk! Register here

Rewilding: The Gathering

On 11 October, Heal is organising an event at the Brighthelm Centre in central Brighton – ‘Rewilding: The Gathering’.

Heal’s mission is nature recovery, climate change action and well-being. They are working to create a new place for nature in every county in England.

Heal has Kate Bradbury, Jasmine Isa Qureshi and Penny Green as speakers. Standard tickets are £5 and they have a small number of tickets to support those with low or no income, including students.

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Celebrating the new velodrome mural

The event at the velodrome went very well and everyone seemed pleased with the final result. Many people brought picnics and there were crafts for the children. It is hoped money will soon be raised to paint the steps and containers.

Thank you to everyone who took part to create this exciting new artwork for Preston Park.

We Love Trees

Kerry Pickett, of Friends of Preston Park, attended the We Love Trees event held to thank all the volunteers who help in Brighton & Hove’s green spaces. Caroline Lucas was there to thank everyone as well as Paul Campbell of Brighton & Hove City Council and local tree expert Peter Bourne. The food was amazing and it was a great opportunity to meet and network with other volunteers and experts.

Painting in the Park III

You are again warmly invited to join us in the park on Sunday October 9, from 10-1, to create your own artwork using a medium of your choice – pencils, coloured pencils, paint, pastels, ink, collage, mixed media or any other. It will be a great day to meet other people with an artistic temperament and to share experience and knowledge.

The event is restricted to those aged 16 and over. All abilities are welcome, including complete beginners.

Meet for a short briefing at the Chalet Cafe at 10.00 am. Don’t forget to bring your own art materials and, ideally, something to sit on (we do have some chairs, if you have nothing suitable). You can then choose any location in the park to create your artwork, with consideration, of course, for other park users. Preston Park has many places where you can find interesting subject matter.

Meet back at the rockery at 13.00 pm to share your work with your colleagues.

Any artwork you create does remain your property but we ask your consent to take a photograph. We will share these online and exhibit them at the Chalet Cafe in the Park.

Register for this event

It’s time to try the Tree-Sure Hunt

With the Preston Park Tree-sure Hunt you use a map to search out some of the amazing trees in Preston Park. Discover their uses and try the activities!

The trees are marked with a varying number of Goldfinches to guide you (and for you to count).

Available now at Wigwam Toys and the Chalet Cafe. Only £2 which includes the map, a pencil, book mark, and a secret prize! It is aimed at children but all ages (even those in their 80s) have given it a go.