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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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Follow our Art Trail and Find out More About the Big Park

Follow our Art Trail and Find out More About the Big Park

This month sees the start of the Lewes District’s annual visual arts festival, so we thought we’d take a special look at the artworks dotted around the park. Come to Peacehaven and follow our Art Trail and find out more about the Big Park. If you need a break from the exhaustion of having serious fun at the park, why not take a closer look at the artworks that make the park really unique.  When visiting the park take a…

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Gateway Cafe open for the Summer Holidays

Gateway Cafe open for the Summer Holidays

Over the next few weeks, the charity INNA will be caretaking the Gateway Cafe to provide visitors with light refreshments. All profits will be going to the charity and will ensure that everyone will be kept hydrated during what we hope will be a long, hot summer! We hope you enjoy meeting, playing and skating at your new park and that you will share your images and experiences with us on Twitter. Nothing makes us happier than seeing all those…

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We Won!

We Won!

We are excited to announce that The Big Parks Project’s engineering services consultancy Crofton, have won the Constructing Excellence 2015 award for sustainability. Speaking about the project judges said ” This entry overwhelmingly met all category criteria with excellent community buy – in and a low energy building, rebuilt from poor energy stock. A holistic, long-term sustainability approach”. The judges were particularly impressed that despite having a relatively small budget, sustainable technologies were kept as a priority during the engineering process:…

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Gateway Cafe Shortlisted for AJ Award

Gateway Cafe Shortlisted for AJ Award

  Our Gateway Cafe has been shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit award by ‘The Architect’s Journal’. The award seeks to reward achievements in design, engineering and construction.     In Architecture, retrofitting is a term used to describe the process of taking an existing building and renovating it with techniques that may not have existed at the time of construction. It’s hard to imagine now, but the Gateway Cafe was once an unattractive maintenance depot with brick walls, security fencing and…

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