Hove Park is looking lovely at present with a spectacular show of blossom (see photo).


Our Easter Egg Trail on Easter Monday enjoyed excellent weather and was even more popular than last year. In all we had 228 children take part, with a queue forming before the official start and it remaining busy until the very end. See photograph showing people clustered around clue board 6 by the fingerprint maze. We may expand the event with additional activities next year.


We are now looking forward to our next event. At the Martlets Carnival, on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May we will be sharing a stand with the Rangers and the Friends of Three Cornered Copse. There will be a photo display, and some free activity sheets for children with the theme of birds, echoing one of the Brighton Festival themes. Our main activity will be selling a kit with a sunflower seed which children can sow at the stand and then grow on at home.


2015 has been designated the Year of the Sunflower by the horticultural trade. As well as having flamboyant ornamental flowers, sunflowers are good for wildlife, attracting bees and butterflies to a rich banquet of nectar and pollen and providing winter food for birds. Black sunflower seeds are richer in oil and preferred by birds, whereas grey/white striped ones can be used for snacks, baking and other culinary purposes. Petals of the 'pompom' Teddy Bear variety can be used in salads.


Sunflower varieties range from low growing, multi-headed ones to towering giants and boast an assortment of colours besides the traditional yellow ones. We will have a small selection of varieties on the stand from which children can choose their seed.


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