Hove Park forms part of the green corridor that runs from the Old Shoreham Road and up the Three Cornered Copse to the South Downs National Park.
The park covers almost 40 acres with a mix of open grass areas, mature trees and flower beds (see photo of the uncommon foxglove tree) and includes a cafe, miniature steam railway, tennis courts, children's playground, and outdoor gym equipment. It has received the national Green Flag Award for 10 successive years in recognition of its beautifully maintained state and excellent facilities.
A variety of events are held in the park throughout the year. The world premiere of the innovative Safe House (see photograph) was an acclaimed free part of the 2014 Brighton Festival.
'The Friends of Hove Park' was formed in 2013. We aim to assist in the preservation, protection and improvement of the park for the community. Our first communal event was a very successful Easter Egg Trail last Easter Monday which we are repeating this year.
We helped the park ranger plant a wildflower mound in the shape of an ammonite shell (see photo of the flowers in July). We also planted a butterfly shaped bed created by the park gardeners with ornamental and wildlife friendly plants (see photograph of a bee enjoying the hospitality and the photograph of the bed from the antennae end).
A gardening group was also formed with twice monthly sessions assisting the park gardeners. We would welcome more volunteers to help develop all aspects of our work. Membership is open to all those interested in the park, with a nominal £3 yearly subscription per household. See our web site http://www.friendsofhovepark.org for further photographs and information about activities and events.