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AGM

The AGM will be held on Saturday, January 18 2020 at 10.30 am at Brighton Waldorf School on the corner of Whitehawk Road and Roedean Road. Janine will update the meeting on the progress of plans for the Bicentennial celebrations. The Board is also proposing two important changes to the …

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Black Rock

Plans are being produced to rejuvenate the Black Rock site on Brighton seafront which has lain dormant for 40 years. Brighton & Hove City Council, working with funders Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, is proposing a package of infrastructure, heritage and public realm improvements. The plans include a new …

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Notes for the Open Day

Andrew Doig’s edited notes for the tour guides on the NGS Open Day: About the Kemp Town Estate and the Enclosures: The gardens were enclosed in 1823 as the centrepiece of Thomas Read Kemp’s speculative development, The Kemp Town Estate. Kemp was the MP for Lewes and local landowner whose …

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NGS Open Day Success

NGS Open Day Success

Largely thanks to all the preparatory work put in by Janine Nahapiet and her team, the first NGS Open Day was a roaring success.  The sun shone, the gardens looked wonderful, and everything ran like clockwork. All the tickets – 240 of them – were sold in advance. The day …

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Sprinklers in the garden

The effect of the current sustained drought on the gardens is unhappily all too obvious – yellow lawns and withered shrubs and flora struggling to survive.  Some residents have expressed concern at the use of sprinklers at a time when parts of the country are already facing hosepipe bans. The …

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Dog owners please…

  Patrick, our new Assistant Gardener, told me this morning that he is encountering more and more small packages containing dog shit. Please forgive the language; I can see no point in being coy about irresponsible dog owners who go to the trouble of cleaning up after their animals and …

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The Beast From The East

Jeremy fears that the magnificent echium fastuosum in Polly Binder might have succumbed to the Siberian winds that arrived in the form of the Beast From The East in March. At the moment it looks like it has been decorated with wet mops.  He bought the original plant at a small …

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