We supplied the cover photo for this isse, shown below. It was taken from the Droveway section in Hove Park, looking along the Droveway towards Nevill Road.
The fast approaching end of 2014 is an opportune time to review what has been achieved in the first full year of the Friends' existence.
Our first community event was a very popular Easter Egg trail. This was a good opportunity to make ourselves known and also increase familiarity with Hove Park as the clues led around several of its lesser known elements (see photograph of clue 6). We subsequently had a stand at the Martlets Carnival, braving the miserable weather, and were pleased to meet a number of people expressing an interest in the group.
We set up a website with information about both the Friends and Hove Park itself. It has been well received and will be expanded as time permits. Our chairman, Alan Moon, has made contact with similar groups, and taken part in Brighton and Hove City in Bloom judging.
In aiming to improve the park, we started the year with a park tidy up, and then went on to wild and ornamental flower planting projects. A gardening group has also been formed and has had several sessions assisting the park gardeners with general gardening tasks.
The wildflower mound by the playground has been left to its own devices since our initial planting with wildflower plugs. The butterfly bed near the Goldstone has however needed regular attention particularly in maintaining by hand the intricate outline whilst the grass has been growing so quickly (see photograph). This colourful 'butterfly' has received appreciative comments from passers by.
We have also planted bare root wallflowers in the green flag bed by the Old Shoreham Road. They are just about holding their own against the wind and rain and hopefully will provide a good display next year.
Finally, I'd like to wish you all a very happy Christmas.
For further details of the Friends and to contact us, see our website www.FriendsOfHovePark.org