Please note that because of the bad weather forecast we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Art in the Park Event tomorrow. We will publish details of a new date as soon as we have arranged one.
By popular request local artist Anna Wilson Patterson returns to lead an outdoor workshop in the park.
Please bring your own art materials of choice.
Saturday 20th,July 2019 10.30 am
meet at the
Country Park Visitor Centre, Hastings TN35 4AD
£4 entry, Free for members of Friends of Hastings Country Park
Further information from Janet Armour on 01424 715556
Attached is a letter from The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve to Natural England explaining why the Country Park is the wrong place for Solar Arrays.
The proposed alternative sites for the solar panels in the Country Park are also very visible from many areas. Here are a few photos I took today in Warren Glen and the last two are from the Old Barn Pond. The proposed sites have been tilled so they're brown. — at Hastings Country Park
Report and photos courtesy of Jak O'Dowd
There are opportunities ready for you to be more involved as a volunteer in the work of The Friends.
We are looking to recruit:
We also need people who will be watchdogs for:
If you are interested in finding out more drop me a quick email.
Chair, The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve
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Our next Event is on the 11th May and is Photography in The Country Park.
Bring your camera, phone, tablet etc for a walk with Ron Wood.
A chance to ask questions, exchange ideas, make pictures.
We will put the best of them on our website.
Meet at the Country Park Visitor Centre TN35 4AD at 10:30
The Friends of The Country Park Nature Reserve need a Secretary and Membership Administrator. If you might be interested in finding out about these key voluntary tasks please contact our Chair, Michael Moor at firstname.lastname@example.org
26 of us joined Andy Phillips on a walk to discover Spring Bees in the Country Park.
Sadly, the weather was against us and we battled cold, hail and dark clouds. Despite all this, we had a wonderful walk and did actually see some bees as the ground warmed up. As usual, Andy was very informative and we all came away with much more knowledge of Spring Bees.
We invite you to our first walk of the year which is
SPRING BEES IN THE COUNTRY PARK
led by Entomologist Andy Phillips
on Saturday 13th April at 10:30
Meet at the Country Park Visitor Centre, TN35 4AD
There were strong feelings expressed when local residents gathered at the White Rock Hotel on 7 March to discuss the Council’s decision to continue with its proposal for two solar power installations in the Country Park. The Friends of the Country Park group, which organised the meeting, has previously expressed its concern at the decision by the Council’s Cabinet to spend £80,000 on a business study to see whether there is a financial case for building solar panels covering 10 acres of this Local Nature Reserve and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
That Council decision was made dependent on it first getting advice from Natural England, as the national regulator for protected landscapes such as the Country Park. Natural England has now responded to the Council and made a number of powerful warning points quoting the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework that for areas like our Country Park “This landscape should be afforded the highest status of protection in relation to the conservation and enhancement of landscape and scenic beauty” and that “All development within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty should be limited in scale and extent”.
Michael Moor, chair of the Friends, commented “Although we all support the idea of alternative sources of power generation, we consider the Council’s decision to plough ahead with its business study regardless of these strong comments from Natural England to be wrong-headed. They risk wasting Council taxpayers money on a project which is unlikely to get past the regulator in the end. We are dismayed by this refusal by the Council to listen to inconvenient facts.”