Friends of Dyke Road Park

Welcome to the Friends of Dyke Road Park Blog. If you’d like to join us in improving and enjoying the park please do, all welcome!

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New bench!

Thanks to generous donations from friends of the park, we now have a new bench, which is being very well used!

A grateful grandmother watching the Saturday morning football.
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Keeping in touch

Thanks to the generosity of those who donated to the appeal, our first bench has been ordered! It will look like the one in the picture, which is designed to make it easy to get up from. Apparently, it may take up to 4 months to supply, so don’t hold your breath. We are also trying to ensure that the Council keeps to their promise to ‘match’ it with a second bench.

We cannot access the emails of those who donated through the GoFundMe page, so cannot thank you personally. If anyone would like to be kept up to date on progress with the bench, or any other park-related issues, please send an email to dykeroadparkfriends ‘at’, indicating that you would like to be added to the email circulation list.

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Raising money for new benches

We badly need more benches in the park, particularly around the field. A crowdfunding page has been created and you are invited to donate. Each bench costs £1000, and it would be great to order at least one and have it installed ready for us to enjoy that autumn sunshine!

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Meeting – Tuesday 6 July 2021

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Compost Care

All compost appreciates a good turn once in a while, and a group of happy composters got together on Sunday to try out a new ‘turning tool’, discuss the finer points of compost – and eat chocolates and mince pies!

If you are interested in using the compost bins, please contact Stephanie and Gemma on and they will give you the low-down on what you can and can’t put into the bins – and, of course, the top-secret code to the combination lock.



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Bloomin’ marvellous

Here is the result of the wildflower planting on the bank at the back of the Brighton Open Air Theatre. Thanks again to the Sussex Wildlife Trust youth rangers for their efforts!

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Wildflowers for BOAT

Sussex Wildlife Trust youth rangers planting wildflowers on the bank behind the Brighton Open Theatre in March – a project initiated by Gail Greaves, a member of the Friends group. The plants are growing well. Photos of flowers to follow in due course!

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Gardening Group – come and join us

The Gardening Group is now meeting on the second Thursday of the month, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. We undertake light gardening tasks, such as weeding, deadheading, pruning and ivy removal. Anyone is welcome to join in. Meet us at the café, or find us in the park.


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Snug as a Bug…

Last summer we created a ‘bug hotel’ – somewhere for insects to over-winter – out of old pallets stuffed with wood chip, pine cones and twigs. This summer, with the help of our Park Ranger, Emma Keane, we have added to the ‘filler’ and covered the whole thing with roofing felt. We are going to have the snuggest bugs in the city!

Dyke Road Park bug hotel

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Table Tennis Table

Table tennis

The table tennis table has at last been put in position and is being enjoyed whenever the weather allows. Hopefully, the Council will soon attach it firmly to the ground and also supply the promised bats and balls, to be kept in the Café.

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