Public toilets are not just a convenience – they’re a necessity. Access to toilets and washing facilities is important for good public health and to prevent the spread of disease.
36 UTCF trees have been planted and 5 more have just been delivered. These trees add to the variety we already have in the park and they have been specially chosen to cope with the climatic changes that are taking place. You can admire the lovely avenue of hawthorns along Preston Road and dotted around the park are new magnolias, redwoods, black and white mulberries, a few catalpas, two Norway maples, a European beech and a chestnut, to mention but a few! A full list and a map will be published shortly to help with identification.
Friends of Preston Park’s display boards have had a long awaited renovation last week. The board near the Chalet Cafe suffered regular acts of vandalism and the wear and tear on the board near the Rotunda cafe made it difficult to see the information displayed. Both boards have now thick and strong polycarbonate covers and a QR code, which will provide more information about FoPP and what is happening in the park.
We are ever so grateful to Brighton and Hove Food Partnership for donating FoPP a printer, which will help us reduce costs with posters and leaflets. This comes at a time when many charities and community groups are fighting with spiralling costs and the savings we will be making will enable us to invest more in plants and trees. Thank you to all members of the public and companies, whose generous donations help us continue taking an active role in the maintenance of the park and provide creative and fun events for children and adults.
The Preston Park wildlife pond sits at the north end of the park right next to St Peter’s churchyard. It is set in a wildlife area that has been adopted by the St Peters Churchyard Volunteers. The pond had a leak for some years which got progressively worse, to the point where it dried out each year before its inhabitants could complete their lifecycles.
After over two years of hard work by CityParks and multiple volunteer groups, the new wildlife pond with its woven Hazel fence was completed on 10th December. Here follows a very brief overview of how this was done:
Summer 2021 – Community Payback team dig out the old leaky concrete liner.
September 2021 – CityParks agree to supply ballast and cement for new liner.
October 2021 – Friends of Preston Park agree to supply edging rocks and sealant.
February 2022 – New granite pond edging laid by St Peters Churchyard Volunteers.
October 2022 – Corporate volunteers from Responsible Travel and CityParks Ranger volunteers lay the new concrete base. Sealed later that month by Preston Park and St Peter’s Churchyard volunteers.
November 2022 – CityParks Ranger volunteers spend several volunteer days in Stanmer woods harvesting Sweet Chestnut and Hazel with which to build the new pond fence.
December 2022 – CityParks Ranger volunteers construct the new woven Hazel fence.
Planting has commenced and we hope some new residents will be moving in very soon.
A big thank you to all those who helped bring our pond back for wildlife!
FoPP successfully held their annual Christmas wreath-making event this week. Residents were invited to buy materials collected locally, and make their own seasonal wreath. With music and mince-pies, the event was very Christmassy! A big thank you to all the volunteers who made it a great day!
It has been a very busy year for all FoPP volunteers, weeding, planting and pruning. The beds along the main road will look gorgeous in spring with all the new bulbs, the Coronation garden is having a make over and the Rose Garden, as usual, will be splendid. So much to look forward to in the Park, and not to be missed is the alleyway between the tennis courts, which has been planted with thousands of scented narcissus. Volunteers enjoyed a well earned coffee and cake at Hoogly on South Road.
If you want to know more about the Roman villa underneath the present Wellend Villas, the makers of the Clock Tower, the origin of the Tile House and many more exciting facts about the history of the Park then you should join one of Sue’s renowned historic tours. Rich in anecdotes and details, her walk and talk enables you to appreciate the historical past of the City and the Park. Keep an eye on the website for the next Historic Tour of Preston Park.
We are looking to invite new members to the FoPP Committee. There are a few vacant posts including Secretary and Fundraiser. If you feel you have time to commit to the FoPP, please get in touch via the website: friendsofprestonpark.org