Alan Parker has posted these photos of the new bridge over Ecclesbourne Glen stream and beautiful Ecclesbourne Meadow looking so lovely at this time of year.
Many of you will already have heard the deeply disappointing news that Hastings Borough Council effectively lost their case against Rocklands’ appeal - the inspector’s decision was published this week, though a copy was not sent to the Friends. This long and sorry episode has lasted for over two years and reflects very poorly indeed on the Council’s custodianship of the Country Park. We can only hope that lessons have been learned and that the Country Park will be better protected in the future, especially in the light of ever increasing pressure to develop. I will speak more about this at Saturday’s AGM and will be happy to answer questions then.
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From: Murray Davidson
Subject: Heavy horses at Hastings Country Park
As part of our continuing sustainable management at Hastings Country Park we have invited Frankie Woodgate and her heavy shire type horses back for 4 days from 20th June. The horse drawn rollers are a traditional way of managing bracken in areas where it is impossible for modern machinery to access.
The horses will focus on an area of Warren Glen where Bracken is of a particular issue. The rollers bruise the bracken reducing its vigour over time. The horses were a great attraction last year and they made a significant impact on the areas of bracken where they worked previously.
If you haven’t seen the Horses in action, it is well worth a visit as this is a great opportunity to see one of the innovative tools we are employing to manage Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
I attach a picture of them here last year.
Environment and Natural Resources Manager
Hastings Borough Council
Tel 01424 451107
For more information on about the wildlife and nature reserves of Hastings and the south east coast visit, http://www.rxwildlife.info/wildlife-sites/
Participants needed for a fun family event with Kent-based artist, Catherine Farr.
Be inspired to make a painting, collage, or drawing using a variety of natural materials, pastels, crayons and tissue paper. You are encouraged to bring along any natural items of your own which you like to incorporate in your art work such as pressed flowers, pine cones, leaves, pebbles, etc. Catherine will be on hand to help and advise and we hope that the Country Park Nature Reserve just outside will provide loads of inspiration!
Suitable for adults and children over 8 years old.
Numbers are limited so please book in advance by phoning Jill Howell on: 01424 815256
Time: 10.30am for about 2 hours
Location: The Milking Parlour, Place Farm (Directions supplied on booking)
Cost: £2, or free to Friends of HCPNR (Donations for cost of materials welcomed)