Apple Trees and Bees – Update on the Community Orchard. ?>

Apple Trees and Bees – Update on the Community Orchard.

  Peacehaven Community Orchard at the Big Park have been working with Brighton Permaculture Trust to plant an apple orchard. The west of the site has already been planted up with some of the toughest apple varieties they could find, as the site is currently rather exposed. To the east side of the site they have planted the first 12 trees of what will be a further (and hopefully complete) collection of 14 varieties of Sussex apples. Surrounding the orchard…

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We did it again! ?>

We did it again!

  We are proud to announce that The Gateway Cafe designed by Architects Kaner Olette has won it most prestigious award to date. Last night they won the RIBA South East Award 2016. The Judges said ‘ Occasionally, a project emerges which represents far more than the sum of its parts; where architecture with a capital ‘A’ is less important than the contribution made to a wider need.’ ‘The café performs many roles: a gateway and interpretation centre for the South…

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A chance to exhibit your art at the Big Park! ?>

A chance to exhibit your art at the Big Park!

  The Gateway Café have just kindly agreed to be a venue for Artwave. There will be no charge for exhibiting at the venue (except for the Artwave registration fee) and no commission taken on sales. This is a great opportunity to have your work exhibited in a stunning location, one that will be buzzing with visitors over the summer months. For further information VISIT    

The Gateway Café Nominated for Top Award! ?>

The Gateway Café Nominated for Top Award!

We are excited to announce that The Gateway Café has been shortlisted for RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South East 2016 Awards. There were 32 buildings entered in the region, and our café designed by Kaner Olette has made the short list. Architect Mike Kaner said “We are extremely proud to have shortlisted for an RIBA award as it provides recognition for the whole project team for a challenging retrofit scheme with limited budget.  We hope it can raise the…

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Planting begins again at the Community Orchard ?>

Planting begins again at the Community Orchard

  We will be starting work planting a 100-apple tree community orchard later this month with Brighton Permaculture Trust. Last winter, we planted a shelter belt containing over 2000 trees and shrubs of 33 species.These included fast-growing species such as Italian alder and Monterey pine; native trees like oak and beech; nut-bearing species such as walnut and chestnut; and fruiting species like cherry plum and crab apple.This winter, we will be planting 60 apple trees, focusing on tougher varieties, since the…

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Gateway Cafe Opens for Service ! ?>

Gateway Cafe Opens for Service !

We are delighted to announce that on Saturday the 5th December, Nicola, Sophia, Alex and Nic will be opening the doors of the Gateway Cafe to the general public. Expect a warm family welcome, coffee, tea, fresh cakes and free Wifi. Thank you for your patience, we’re sure you won’t be dissapointed.

Around the Ancient Track ?>

Around the Ancient Track

Around the Ancient Track: Archaeological Excavations for the Brighton and Hove Waste Water Treatment Works and adjacent housing at Peacehaven, East Sussex – Diccon Hart A new book has been just been published detailing the archaeological findings at the Big Park. Before work could start on the land, Archaeology South-East carried out a series of large-scale excavations. The excavations provided a rare opportunity to examine prehistoric and Roman land use in the South Downs on an unprecedented scale. The findings were…

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The Big Feature ?>

The Big Feature

Saturday night saw the first ever cinema screening at the Big Park with an alfresco showing of ‘The Italian Job’. The entire film was run on pedal power, and a group of very motivated and energetic volunteers kept the film going for over 90 minutes! We’re sure that the racing Minis kept their andrenelin pumping! The park was also blessed with a dry, starry night and 300 paper lanterns illuminated the paths – the park is truly magical at night…

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The Big Parks Project Sponsored by the South Downs National Park proudly present A Pedal Powered, Outdoor Screening of ‘The Italian Job’. (PG) ‘The Italian Job’ is a classic British caper film of the 1960s starring Michael Caine.  A fast and stylish romp, “The Italian Job,” is a complicated plan to hijack gold bullion from Italy — right from underneath the noses of the Italian Police and the Mafia. This free event will be held at dusk on 19th September…

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Wheels For All coming to the Big Park ?>

Wheels For All coming to the Big Park

  We are pleased to announce that the Big Park will host two Wheels For All sessions on Friday 14th August 2015. The Wheels for All Initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity.    The sessions are as follows 10 am – 12 noon: This session is aimed at people with physical disabilities and their carers. Adapted bikes will be available at this session…

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