Toilet petition

Brighton Council are proposing to close the toilets (including the disabled access toilet) at the Chalet Café, with effect from 1st April 2023.

This will have a major impact on all users of Preston Park. This is part of a wider programme of proposed public toilet closures across Brighton and Hove, including the closure of 14 disabled loos.

The Council committee that will make the decision is meeting on 17th January to discuss this issue. A petition has been set up set on the BHCC website.

We ask that you give your view on this by signing the petition.

https://democracy.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=870&RPID=58410632&HPID=58410632

We need a bricklayer!

The FoPP are seeking a kind brick layer to build a small plinth in Preston Park. We will provide the materials if you can give us your free time. We promise refreshments and volunteers to help. The plinth will form the base of the blossom tree plaque. It is hoped that the plinth can be built once the weather improves – March time. If you would like to help with this please contact us at: info@friendsofprestonpark.org

Seasonal Rockery vandalism

We would like to report that The Rockery has once again sadly been vandalised. Whilst this behaviour is sporadic and not every day, it is frustrating and upsetting for those who not only work in the park but also for the volunteers and park dwellers who enjoy their surroundings without destroying them. Two young trees were snapped, the grass bank was used as a sledge run that has ruined the grass and, worst of all, the pond has been covered in twigs, branches, litter and anything that could be thrown onto the ice. However, what these people don’t seem to realise is that what they throw onto the ice will stay in the pond. Parents were seen encouraging their children to throw items onto the ice. This seems to happen whenever the pond ices up. We politely ask that they refrain from doing so. As demonstrated in the photo, the result of their actions is not a good one. Wildlife is also negatively impacted by their ill thought ‘fun’. Please respect the park. It belongs to us all.

Elm tree drawings

Mary Anne Aytoun Ellis has been working on a number of drawings and paintings of trees throughout 2022. The first drawing of the series of fourteen is our own ‘Preston Twin’. Mary Anne will be exhibiting this work and others at Sotheby’s.