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Our regular meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month in the cafe in the park at 6.30pm.
Polly Strauss of Friends of the Field emailed recently to say:
“We have just heard that the Brighton and Hove City Council have decided to proceed to a three-day Public Inquiry to determine the Village Green Application. This is a huge step forward for the application.
The suggested dates are 1-3 April 2014 (to include an evening session on the 1st). The likely venue is the Brighthelm Centre. The independent inspector appointed is Mr Vivian Chapman QC.
We will organise a meeting in the next few weeks when we know more.”
See more about this matter on https://www.facebook.com/friendsoffield
The Community Garden’s next Monthly Munch is on Saturday November 16th at 12-2pm. We will be turning compost, having a tidy up and admiring the autumn colours in the park as we work. Our trusty Kelly Kettle will be on hand to make hot drinks so if it is a bit nippy you will soon be warmed up. We normally share a little food at the end so if you would like to join us for that you would be most welcome. Hope to see you there.
In case you didn’t receive a card through your door about this, an exhibition of the proposed changes to pedestrian and cycling facilities in Dyke Road alongside BHASVIC and the park will be on display as follows:
Dyke Road Park (in front of Cafe)
Thursday 7/11: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Junction of Dyke Road/Old Shoreham
Wednesday 6/11: 3.00pm – 7.00pm
ALSO – a representative from the Council Transport Planning department will be coming to the following meetings:
Friends of Dyke Road Park: Tuesday, 12 Nov, 7.30 – 8.30, 48 Stafford Road.
Prestonville Community Association: Wednesday, 13 November, 7.30 (Cycle lane discussion from 8.30), Prestonville Arms
You can see the proposals and complete a questionnaire online:
Or download proposals here:
PLAN 4-Dyke Road Concept South
PLAN 3-Dyke Road Concept North
In response to our letter of 8 October, James Kilmartin, Headteacher of Cardinal Newman Catholic School (CNCS) has replied on 15 October as follows:
“While I work with our students and staff to come up with a sustainable plan I am going to declare Dyke Road Park out of bounds to our Year 11 students. I will talk to the students at assembly this morning. This may take a few days to enforce but I hope it will enable us to make progress. We certainly do not want litter in the park.”
This is very good news, and is hopefully the start of a process that will result in all young people who use the park, both during and outside school hours, treating this public space with respect, and using the litter bins provided.
I will keep you posted on further details of the ‘sustainable plan’.
Concerned at the amount of litter being dropped in the Park, the Friends group have sent a letter to the Headteacher of Cardinal Newman Catholic School (CNCS). FoDRP letter to CNS 13.10.08
We asked him to withdraw permission for Year 11 students to use the Park during school hours, since so many of them are abusing the privilege.
In the past we have tried more positive actions, but we no longer have the time nor inclination to do so. CNCS has plenty of space to accommodate its Year 7 to 11 students during school hours, and in our view that is the appropriate place for them. They should not be allowed to drop litter in our park, leading to our park gardener having to spend hours of his day clearing up after them.
There is a possibility that the community garden in Dyke Road Park could be expanded! We’re in the process of drawing up a proposal to put to the Council and Harvest and would welcome your views.
Those of you who have been to the garden, whether to use the community composting bins, to pick herbs or leaves, or to just enjoy the space, will have noticed that the growing area is relatively small. This was a deliberate design feature: In order to get approval for the scheme the Council was very clear that this was not an allotment. We set out to show how food could be grown in small spaces and to involve park users in food growing. We deliberately kept the garden unfenced so that it was accessible and open to all. We believe the garden has been a huge success, and has, along with the community composting scheme, introduced more people both to food growing and to our lovely park.
It is likely that the expansion proposal will involve doubling the size of the existing garden by creating an area containing raised beds to enable access and involvement by those with a disability or mobility issues. We are also looking at ways of collecting rainwater and providing some shelter and shade on site by creating a covered area using tarpaulin or similar fabric.
Above is a map of the proposed layout of the extension (enlarging it will hopefully enable you to see more detail) with a few comments added by people who attended the recent Big Dig open day. It would be great to have further feedback and ideas so please use this blog to add your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you.
As part of Brighton and Hove’s Big Dig event, celebrating urban food growing in community gardens, Dyke Road Community Garden will be buzzing with activity on Saturday 21st September from 12pm to 4pm and we would like to invite you along. It is an opportunity just to enjoy the garden space, find out some more information or to flex your muscles and get involved. We will be:
– turning compost.
– spreading bark chippings.
– creating structures to hang seed pods from.
– making salad dressings and flavouring them with the garden herbs.
– spreading the word about the community compost scheme and giving out compost caddies.
– consulting about a possible extension to the garden (more details in a blog to come soon).
You may of course want to treat yourself to a little something from our cake stall. So come along and don’t miss out! We hope to see you there.
The Brighton Open Air Theatre will be holding a consultation on
Thursday 26 September
4.00pm to 8.00pm
in the Café in the Park.
The latest plans will be on show, and members of the planning group will be on hand to talk through the proposal and hear your views.
Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say.
Due to so many folk being away we will not be holding the Community Garden Monthly Munch on August Saturday 17th as planned. Instead we will be meeting the evening of August Wednesday 28th from 6pm-8pm. We will be focusing first of all on tidying up and cutting back the garden which may involve a little harvesting of produce too. Our focus will then move to some sharing of food and may possibly be followed by a drink in a nearby pub! It would be lovely if you would like to come and join us. So hopefully see some of you there.
Roses need a lot of t.l.c. and the Friends group have been doing their best to maintain the 340 or so roses that remain in the park. These include about 230 around the edges of the rose garden itself and in the triangular beds, the new roses we planted either side of the café, and those in the three beds out on the grass verge.
To try and keep the roses healthy we have supplied and applied rose feed containing vital nutrients to help the roses fight diseases. (While Cityparks put down a basic mulch to improve the soil they seem unable to supply rose feed, which seems a false economy when three boxes costing about £24 will feed all those roses!)
In order to encourage the roses to flower throughout the summer, they need deadheading on a regular basis. And if we want our lovely lavender, planted between the roses, to look good next year, that will also need to have its dead flowers removed.
So if you are available for the next gardening group on 16 August, please come along and help, or get in touch with me, Jannet on 509653, if you would like to get together for some gardening during the week.