Bird Walk with Simeon Elliot, Friday 14 July 9-10.30

Simeon Elliot has a huge wealth of knowledge in relation to birds and their habitats. As Brighton & Hove’s largest park, you would think Preston Park should have a huge array of bird species. So why not join us and find out what the park has to offer? Donations will be requested at the end of the walk.

The walk will take place on Friday 14 July at 9.00-10.30am. Click here to sign up on Eventbrite.

Rose Garden Fencing

Visitors to the Rose Garden may have noticed that there is now a fence at the northern and southern ends of the garden. This is to try and protect the roses that have been crushed by people making paths through the rose beds and letting their dogs run through them.

The Friends of Preston Park (FoPP) have been crowdfunding for new roses to fill these gaps and people have generously donated money towards this. Therefore, we have been working with CityParks to find a solution so that the new roses would stand more of a chance of survival.

Reusing panelling from other areas of the park, we have found a cheaper solution to try and protect the garden. We are grateful to Cityparks and particularly manager, James Harding for help in making this happen. The fence will be painted in due course.

Whilst the fence doesn’t cut the roses off to the public, it is hoped that those who only want to walk through, will now be channelled to the paths. Those who still wish to smell the roses, can still do so. The new roses will be planted at a later stage and signage explaining the various rose types will also be placed near the fenced areas.

We hope everyone will enjoy the revamp and that dog walkers will respectfully continue to put their dogs on leads whilst walking though the Rose Garden area.

Rockery Evening Walk

Head Gardener, Andy Jeavons gave yet another of his spectacular walks in The Rockery this week.

Having worked for CityParks for the last twenty-three years, and having trained as an apprentice at Stanmer Park, yonks ago, Andy has a wealth of plant knowledge to share with anyone who wants to listen.

Leading the walk around The Rockery, Andy not only explained about the planting, but gave a simple history lesson on how The Rockery came into being including how those huge rocks got there! It was a beautiful evening and I think the fish and the lone terrapin enjoyed an extra feed.

Thank you to everyone who came and for your generous donations.

Our next walk will be the elm tree walk with Peter Bourne on 9 July. Anyone wishing to attend, please sign up on Eventbrite through the Friends of Preston Park website. 

History of Preston Park Walk with Sue Shephard

The Friends of Preston Park (FoPP) enjoyed another informative and fabulous history walk in the park this week given by former FoPP Chair, Sue Shepherd. Sue has great knowledge of the park and of what was in this area before, including the Romans! Sue has thoroughly researched the Preston area and has collated some very interesting and often at times, odd and funny facts; the underground square of land identified as a pond to test tanks in during World War II for one, and that during a baseball match between Canadian soldiers and Brits, the entire stock of chewing gum in the country was said to be bought up for the occasion! The Rockery once had possible Roman slave quarters and did you know, the large rocks that currently form the garden were rolled off a train from the railway at the top and a man was installed at the bottom to stop them crashing into traffic on the Preston Road! Poor man! 

Thank you to all those people who came to listen and to those who donated money towards FoPP funds. Don’t forget our next event is on 29 June, 18.00 – 19.30. Andy Jeavons will be giving one of his amazing talk and walks around The Rockery. If you are interested, please sign up through our Eventbrite app on the website. 

Rockery Walk with Andy Jeavons 29th June 2023 6-7.30pm

As Head Gardener, Andy Jeavons possesses a wealth of knowledge about all the plants in Preston Park, and in particular, The Rockery, having worked there for a considerable number of years. Come along and hear about the mass of plant variety in the garden. We advise that the paths in The Rockery can be slippery, uneven and steep, so please wear walking or sensible shoes. Donations will be requested at the end.

The walk will take place on Thursday 29th June at 6.00pm.

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History of Preston Park Walk with Sue Shepherd – 11th June 2023

Ex Chair of Friends of Preston Park, Sue Shepherd, is available once again to provide some historical insight as to why Brighton & Hove has such an amazing park as Preston Park, and what was here before. Come and join us and learn so much more than you might think! We will ask for donations at the end. Thank you.

The walk will take place on Sunday 11th June at 2.30pm.

Click here to sign up on Eventbrite: History of Preston Park Walk with Sue Shepherd Tickets, Sun 11 Jun 2023 at 14:30 | Eventbrite