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Roundhill Crescent planters

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Demo against proposed sale of Downland

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19th January 2017: Brighton & Hove residents, including some from Round Hill, expressing opposition to the officers' recommendation to Brighton and Hove City Council's Policy & Resources Committee to sell farms at Poynings and Plumpton - part of our Downland Estate. 

An amendment was carried which will allow the proposed sales to go before [1] a policy review panel and [2] an asset management panel. The latter will free the Council Officers from leading on ways to balance the city's needs and give greater responsibility to the elected councillors. 

Demo against - City Parks Rangers' cuts.

19th January 2016: The proposal to cut the ranngers' numbers from 9 to 3 sparked off two demonstrations [1] on 19th January 2016 coinciding with the Council's Environment Committee meeting at Portslade Town Hall and [2] more recently outside the Brighthelm Centre. The Council finally reduced the cut to leave 7 full-time jobs for the rangers intact.

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Cityparks rangers ensure everyone enjoys our public open spaces safely. Working alongside local preservation and horticultural groups, they ensure our parks & countryside are maintained to the highest standard possible.

What do the CityParks rangers do? [from the Council's website]

A reduction of their numbers to 3 would have disabled the CityParks Rangers from carrying out the huge range of work they currently undertakes to protect and sustain Brighton and Hove's special environment.

If our public open spaces go unmaintained, we should not be surprised if parts of them become unavailable for public use and therefore less able to justify their place within the public realm. When Councils perform their open spaces studies, factors such as accessibility and use are instrumental in deciding where public money is spent. If our open spaces are not properly maintained, arguments for "selling them off" are likely to be used in the attempt to balance future budgets.

Two new rowan trees for 2016

The lovely Rowan tree, at the junction of Richmond and Mayo Rds, was destroyed last autumn. Our cash-strapped Council could not replace it, so residents made donations allowing two rowans to be planted in place of the lost tree. We planted our new trees on the penultimate day of 2015.

Click here for a short video of this event (between 3 and 4 mins)

Click here or on the picture below for still pictures of the event.

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Local food production & gardening
 

Brighton and Hove Food Partenership Brighton and Hove Food Partnership helps growers and gardeners and offers volunteering roles in community projects RE local food production, eating healthily & sustainable growing.

Brighton Permaculture Trust Brighton Permaculture Trust - Brighton Permaculture Trust have published their schedule of events and courses for the year and are taking bookings. Details at www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk.


Last Seedy Sunday was on 1st February 2015, 10am - 4.00pm: Brighton Corn Exchange, Church Street, BN1 1UE - the UK's biggest community seed swop. Click here for the Event's history


3) Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group's Events.

Articles on gardening in Round Hill

The following section includes items on sustainability, wildlife and notes on visual aspects of the Round Hill landscape. Some articles have been taken from past issues of 'The Round Hill Reporter' which can be downloaded (in PDF format) from here. Several of these are written by Jan Curry, who has recently rejoined our committee.

Wildlife gardening
A wild past - and future? by David Hodd (Round Hill Crescent)
from The Round Hill Reporter" October 2001

Wild about the place by Jan Curry (Richmond Road)
from The Round Hill Reporter August 2002

Earth as hard as iron, water like a stone by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter December 2002

Wildlife on Round Hill by Rob Stephenson (Upper Lewes Road)
from The Round Hill Reporter September 2003

Notes from a wildlife garden by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter December 2003

Plants for your wildlife garden by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter March 2004

The swifts are back - so it must be summer! by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter June 2004

Taking part in The Chelsea Flower Show
by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter September 2004

We can all be conservationists this winter - it costs peanuts! by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter December 2004

Gardens and wildlife under threat by Rob Stephenson
from The Round Hill Reporter December 2004

Spring has nearly sprung by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter March 2005

Flocking to the neighbourhood bird species spotted in Round Hill by Mike Unwin from The Round Hill Reporter June 2005

Trouble with my waterworks wildlife pond maintenance
by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter June 2005

A blooming success - participating in The RHS's first open gardens event by Terry Tidman from The Round Hill Reporter September 2005

Never kill a spider - Let me introduce you to another web site by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter September 2005

Have a merry robin - by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter December 2005

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - living with grey squirrels by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter March 2006

Song thrushes and slow worms - protected species - by Vivien Eliades April 2006.

Flutterby, Butterfly - the importance of butterflies & moths - by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter June 2006

Round Hill Open Gardens 2006 our second Open Garden event
from The Round Hill Reporter September 2006

Opening your garden - should you do it? by Steve Bustin
from The Round Hill Reporter September 2006

Let's go to bed - how different creatures hibernate in Round Hill - by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter December 2006

'Fox Alert' and 'The return of the fox - 2006 and 2007 sitings in Richmond Road [Vivien] and Princes Road [Ted].

Aahhggs and Ooohhs in the wildlife garden - including frogs and toads - by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter March 2007

A sundial for your garden by Jackie Jones
from The Round Hill Reporter June 2007

The Humble Bee by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter June 2007

A struggle to survive - with focus on blackbirds - by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter December 2007

Gulp! Sparrows to sparrow hawks by Jan Curry
from The Round Hill Reporter March 2008

It's the perfume that does it - attracting garden moths
by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter June 2008

Night crawlers should be our favourite garden friends
(night crawler = the name for a worm in earlier times)
by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter September 2008

RSPB Guide to Birdwatching by Mike Unwin (Round Hill resident)
reviewed by Rob in The Round Hill Reporter December 2008

Trees, please
by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter March 2009

From thorn bushes (scrub-bashing) to pullovers (shepherding)
by Vivien Eliades from The Round Hill Reporter March 2009

Gardeners raise hundreds for charities - a 'thank you' from Steve Bustin & John Williams The Round Hill Reporter September 2009

Woolly work in the Sussex hills - or what to do with all that wool? - by Vivien Eliades from The Round Hill Reporter December 2009

Green spaces face extinction - is it time to say goodbye to the city's gardens? - by Rob from The Round Hill Reporter March 2010

Green Hill - how long will wildlife habitat be valued in Round Hill? - by Rob from The Round Hill Reporter June 2010

Creating a wildlife garden from a derelict wilderness
by Jan Curry from The Round Hill Reporter March 2011

Nature Notes by Rob Stephenson
from The Round Hill Reporter March 2012

Gardening Club - would you be interested? Contact our chair (Annie Rimington) from The Round Hill Reporter December 2012

Red in tooth and claw - a tale of the unexpected by Sandy Thomas from The Round Hill Reporter October 2013

Mayo Court gardening project - by Deborah French and Helen Ashdown from The Round Hill Reporter October 2013

Pollution from Hollingdean Depot Life Near The Dump and how to complain
about odour, noise, dust &/or light pollution.

Round Hill Community Clean-up Big Cleanup
Action on messy streets & other nuisances:
List of Council Services relating to anti-social behaviour

The Three R s for the Victim of Graffiti by Vivien Eliades.

Eco Open Houses 2017
Eco Open Houses The next Eco Open Houses event will be held on the weekends October 21st-22nd and 28th-29th 2017.

 

 

 

Trees and wildlife 

Bee banks project : Friends of Hollingbury and Bursted Woods:

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Council Ecologist's Wildlife Review of 2011 - Our Council no longer employs a dedicated ecologist. The 2011 link is a report by the ecologist who was last in this post.

Tree planting, felling & Network Rail - this is an 2005 report, though it provides insight into Network Rail's policies on tree felling.

RSPB's Birdwatch 2017

Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest wildlife survey, took place this year on Saturday 28- Monday 30 January 2017. Click here to go to the RSPB's site.

See Rob Stephenson's review of RSPB Guide to Birdwatching by local resident, Mike Unwin. See also Brighton's urban dwellers by Alison Giacomelli of the RSPB. Typical birds that you can find in the city and towns of our Biosphere area include starling, house sparrow, blackbird, robin and peregrine falcon.

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