The cover photo this month is already on the web site, as the one used on the opening page of "The Park".
The most frequently encountered people working in our parks are the gardeners but they are not the only ones. Less visible on a day to day basis are the park rangers. These were set up by the council in 2008 to patrol the parks, provide education and interpretation and assist and involve community groups (further information can be found on the council's web site ).
Hove Park's ranger was Charlie Yates, who has provided a great deal of encouragement and practical help to the Friends. He has helped us at our events this year by providing equipment (a gazebo for the carnival and display boards for photographs) and practical help such as setting up the boards for the Easter Egg Trail clues and driving home the posts for the Friends' banner at the carnival (see picture). He also designed the wildflower mound near the playground in the shape of an ammonite shell and arranged its construction. The wildflower plugs and grass and wildflower seed were added to the mound by Charlie and the volunteers during a planting day in April.
Now, after thirteen years with the council including four as a ranger, Charlie has left to start his own business, and we reluctantly said farewell to him at our recently held AGM and wish him well in his new venture. His replacement has yet to be officially confirmed.
At the AGM the Friends' progress and activities over our first year were reviewed and next year was anticipated. Following the business items, Charlie gave a brief talk on the council's work in conservation (part of his remit as a ranger) and the local biosphere project . He described how this project could be a source of funding for the Friends activities in the area of conservation and interpretation.
We would welcome volunteers to help at our gardening sessions and other activities, and with general organisation. If there are any graphic designers reading this, your skills would be especially welcome.
There are currently three notice boards in the park: inside the playground (this can only be read from inside the fence), near the café and on the western Droveway entrance, but many people seem unaware of their existence. Please look at these boards - they include information on our activities.
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