I'd like to start by wishing a very happy New Year to all our readers.
At our AGM we said goodbye to our ranger, Charlie Yates. His place has now been filled by Garry Meyer, who is also the ranger for the Three Cornered Copse, and we extend a warm welcome to him and look forward to working together in 2015.
The Friends are now planning activities for 2015. Our major events will again be an Easter Egg Trail on Easter Monday 5th April, and a stand at the Martlets Carnival on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 25th May. Further details will be posted on our web site when available.
Another date for your diary is 28th March, when Hove Park Miniature Railway will have its first public running day of 2015. The dates for the rest of the year can be found on the web site.
The dates and times for our 2015 gardening sessions are not yet finalised. If you would like to help, please let us know which days of the week would be convenient.
Information on the above items will also be posted on the notice boards in Hove Park.
Now the nights are longer and the night time illumination therefore more noticeable you may have wondered about the unusual green lighting in the centre of Hove Park. In 2009 the Council commissioned state of the art colourful lighting schemes for four locations - the Madeira Drive Colonnade, Trafalgar Street underpass, London Road viaduct, and Hove Park. LEDs were used for their versatility, lower energy consumption and carbon emissions, and reduced maintenance requirements. The Hove Park scheme, funded by a section 106 agreement between the council and Lloyds/TSB, installed green lighting on the section of the Droveway from the City Park offices and along the path across the park to Goldstone Crescent with the aim of creating an attractive atmosphere and safer and more inviting night time environment
In the New Year we will be looking at potential improvements to the park and considering possible sources of funding. Section 106 money resulting from the One Hove Park development at the south east corner of the park is due to be released in March. Some could hopefully be used for projects put forward by the Friends, and we would welcome suggestions for our wish list.
For further details of the Friends and to contact us, see our website www.FriendsOfHovePark.org