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The Round Hill Society organised:

Gallery of Open Gardens event, 2005
 
Garden Picnic 2016 pictured below:

garden party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Trees and wildlife 

Replacing trees in the Ditchling Rise area

Brighton's National Collection of Elm Trees

Our elm trees support local wildlife and are enjoyed by local people and visitors alike. it has been proved that Brighton has a high level of animal diversity encouraged by its Elm population. Many gardens in the neighbourhoods to the north of the Level form part of long vistas or greenways or run alongside current (Brighton to Lewes) or previous (Kemp Town branch line) railway corridors.

Thanks to the campaigning efforts of the late Cllr William Clarke, much of the dismantled branch line is now the public open space known as The Patch supporting its own annual festival.

The part of the branchline which traversed Round Hill to the east of Richmond House became The Centenary Industrial Estate in the early 1980s when Lewes Road Sainsbury replaced Arthur Cox's Pill Factory.

Although Round Hill is without public open spaces, this absence is mitigated by the number of significantly sized gardens. These continue to attract wildlife.

 

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.

tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roundhill Crescent planters

planters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 3rd February 2019, - the UK's biggest community seed swop. 


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

 

 

RSPB's Birdwatch 

Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest wildlife survey. Submit your results!Click here to go to the RSPB's site.

See Rob Stephenson's review of RSPB Guide to Birdwatching by local resident, Mike Unwin.  

Typical birds that you can find in the city and towns of our Biosphere area include starling, house sparrow, blackbird, robin and peregrine falcon.

This page was last updated by Ted on 06-Mar-2019
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