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Love trees but don’t know what you are looking at?

November 25th, 2021

Register  to  receive  your free tree identification guide to help you learn about trees and connect with the nature around you! Friends of Queen’s Park is supporting the charities, Field Studies Council and Trees for Cities, to connect  people  to  their leafy surroundings by supplying  thousands  of free ID  trees  guides  from January 2022. These guides are available exclusively for residents living in Brighton and Hove and its surrounding areas.

Register by 10th January 2022 to receive your first free guide by post later that month. Availability is limited and will be sent out on a first-come-first-served basis. Register HERE

Funds to plant trees won by Friends of Queen’s Park

November 25th, 2021

The Friends of Queen’s Park (FoQP) has won funding from the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) to plant more trees in the park.

The fund, which is administered by the Forestry Commission, is worth a little under £14,300 and will be used to purchase 24 species including beech, birch, cherry, elm, hazel, mulberry and redwood.

The two year project will start with the first phase of planting on Saturday 5th February 2022. The terms of the bid*, lead by FoQP Secretary Caroline Burnard and supported by Cityparks, are that the UTCF cash are to be match-funded with volunteer input to maintain and care for the trees. The bid also included local schools in the on-going tree maintenance.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to support the Cityparks tree planing team on 5th February, please register your interest HERE.

*FoQP supported Craven Vale Association win funding for 10 walnut trees in the same bid

Carols in the Park returns

November 18th, 2021

The first Carols in the Park since lockdown restrictions were lifted will return on Friday, 3rd December at the Royal Spa School, Queen’s Park.

With the Salvation Army brass band providing the music, the Carols kick off at 6.30pm.  Mulled wine and traditional mince pies will be served.

Those attending are urged to bring their own mugs and torches. All proceeds raised will go towards the maintenance of the Park.

Go paperless! 

CAROL SHEET: please click on this link and share with friends

Volunteer day – Sunday 17th October

October 11th, 2021

Another volunteer day will take place on Sunday, 17th October from 11 am till 1 pm. Volunteers are asked to come to the pond. Our Park Ranger and the chair of the Friends of Queen’s Park will be leading the activities.

The main work will focus on the pond, but there will be a number of other volunteering opportunities on the day.

Playground makeover to begin – have your say

September 27th, 2021

Photograph of Queen’s Park playground courtesy Brighton and Hove News

The start of the Queen’s Park playground revamp is about to get underway shortly, but, before it does the community will be given a chance to have its say about what it would like to see.

Brighton & Hove City Council allocated £146,000 for the refurbishment at the start of the year and on Tuesday, 28th September two officers will be visiting the playground between 2pm and 4pm to start taking soundings from parents, carers and children about what they would like to see in the space.  The funds earmarked for the project will be used for a phase one development with a future phase possible subject to a fundraising drive by members of Friends of Queens Park with support from City Parks officers.

Caroline Burnard and Jerome Hansen, two members of the Friends of Queen’s Park’s sub-committee, who are spearheading the oversight of the playground transformation, will also be on hand alongside the Council Officers.

Commenting Caroline said: “This is only the start of the consultation process. The Council’s consultation portal will be activated shortly and this will provide more members of the local community to have their say on how it would like to see the playground developed. The Friends of Queen’s Park will be publicising the link to the consultation as soon as it goes live.

“In the meantime, the Friends group have emphasised to the Council that, while it recognises the financial constraints and the need to minimise on-going maintenance costs, it hopes to see the use of natural materials wherever possible, using colours that blend with the surroundings of our Grade II Listed Park.”


Volunteers get stuck in

July 12th, 2021

The first official volunteer day, since COVID lockdown restrictions were eased, took place at the pond on Sunday, 11th July.

Nearly  a dozen volunteers, under the supervision of Park Ranger, focussed their attention of securing the cages in the pond, clearing rubbish from it and litter picking elsewhere in the park.

The Council has issued guidance that volunteer groups of up to 30 people are now allowed, provided that they are supervised by a trained volunteer leader. The Council is organising leadership courses but, with limited places available on them, anyone interested in joining them should click HERE.

The next volunteer opportunities take place on Sunday, 1st August during Bark in the Park and on Sunday, 8th July when the pond maintenance will feature again.

Our picture shows park volunteers Andrew Browne and Cat Stead who helped clear the pond of rubbish, which included a metal road sign!

First volunteer days since COVID lockdown announced

July 1st, 2021

Volunteering in parks in Brighton & Hove has been put on hold during lockdown. Now the Government has issued new guidance which has allowed the City Council to restart volunteering in  Queen’s Park.

There are still some restrictions in place though. Volunteer groups of no more than 30 can come together and they must be supervised by a trained volunteer leader, or by our local Park Ranger.

The first volunteer day will take place on Sunday, 11th July and will be led by park ranger Lindsay Catternach, who asked that volunteers come to the pond by 11 am. it will probably last for two or three hours.

The second volunteer day will take place on Sunday, 8th August kicking off at 11 am with the pond being the assembly point again.

FoQP secretary runs for good cause

July 1st, 2021

Friends of Queen’s Park Secretary, Caroline Burnard (pictured), has just run a half Marathon in support of Managing Autism Spectrum Ourselves Together (mASCot), a local charity that is parent led and provides a peer-to-peer support network for parents with an autistic child, children or young person in their family.

She aimed to raise £500 by running the 13.1 mile course, but has passed the £800 mark. Now she wants to press on and has set herself an ambitious target of raising £1,000.

mASCot is such a brilliant organisation. It has certainly helped my family and I hope that the funds I raise will enable it to provide more peer-to-peer support for other families in Brighton and Hove.”

To donate to Caroline’s fundraiser for mASCot click HERE.

Tree works in Queen’s Park

June 18th, 2021

The Council’s contractors, Connick Tree Services, will start tree works in Queen’s Park in the week commencing Monday, 21st June.

According to Peter Small, Brighton & Hove City Council’s Arboricultural Manager at Cityparks,  there are a number of small trees to be felled – all due to poor condition and or defects.

Other works will include pruning works and pollarding of a small number of more mature trees. Much of the work specified is to elm trees, however any significant pruning of elm trees in the park will be delayed until later in the year, due to the risk of elm disease infection throughout the summer months.  This will mean that Connick Tree Services will return to the park towards the end of the year to complete the planned programme of works.

Queen’s Park conservation area consultation

June 3rd, 2021

In October 2020 Brighton & Hove City Council undertook a statutory public consultation relating to an Article 4 Direction for the Queen’s Park conservation area, to remove certain permitted development rights. Following the closure of that consultation and consideration of the responses it became clear that the Direction as ‘made’ was not explicit that it would only apply to works to the street frontages of buildings.

The Council has therefore decided that it would not be confirming the Direction and, instead, have made a new Direction with additional wording to clarify that it only applies to development fronting a highway used by vehicular traffic. The upcoming statutory consultation on the new Article 4 Direction will take place from June 4 2021 to July 4 2021.

Comments can be made via the Council’s consultation portal, where details of the Article 4 Direction can be viewed, from 4 June, at

Alternatively details of the Article 4 Direction can be viewed on the Council’s website at


The Queen’s Park Conservation Area Character Statement was adopted by council in September 2018 following public consultation. This document identified the cumulative loss of architectural details (including the change of traditional windows to UPVC, inappropriate timber windows, modern doors, loss of front boundary walls, modern railings and gates and painting of unpainted brick features) on the fronts of houses as being detrimental to the character and appearance of the conservation area. As a result, a recommendation was made in the Character Statement to prepare an Article 4 Direction to halt these harmful changes where they affect the street frontages of houses.

Informal consultation was undertaken in early 2020, with 65% of respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing that an Article 4 Direction would help to preserve the character and appearance of the Queen’s Park conservation area. A report was taken to the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee on 18th June 2020 where the Committee authorised the making of an Article 4 Direction, subject to statutory consultation.

A number of householder permitted development rights will be removed by the Article 4 Direction (such as works to the front elevations including doors, windows, roof materials) as well as permitted development for the removal or alteration or front boundary walls and external painting. For further information I attach the Queen’s Park Conservation Area Map and the Article 4 Direction Notice.