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Freddie the Dachshund triumphs at Bark

June 21st, 2023

Freddie the Dachshund triumphed at the 2023 Bark in the Park dog show. He won Best in Show, sponsored by the Camelford Arms, much to the delight of his human, actor Charles Brunton.

Earlier Freddie had won the Temptation Alley class, which was sponsored by Moshimo.

To view the official Friends of Queen’sPark video by produced and directed by Keith Worthington click HERE.

Sapling tree trail is set up

September 1st, 2022

The Friends of Queen’s Park, working with Dr Simon Edwards, the developer of the innovative App TiCL, has established its first tree trail.

For the first of what it is hoped will be many trails, the Friends Group decided to create one for the saplings purchased with funds awarded following a successful bid to the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

In March 2022 fifteen out of the 24 saplings purchased with the £14,300 awarded were planted by a team of volunteers supported City Parks’ Mark Syrett. They were placed in suitable locations around the park best suited to the species. The remaining saplings will be planted during the coming dormant season.

The additions to the park’s tree stock has kick-started the Friends of Queen’s Park engagement with local school and in July nearly 150 local school children helped to mulch the saplings.

Visitors to the park can download the TiCL App free-of-charge and look for the Friends of Queen’s Park Tree Trail.

Wherever visitors enter the park the nearest sapling will appear at the top of a list of nearby trees. An image of the tree in situ will be displayed and there will be a link providing more information about what is being looked at.

Using the App the Friends of Queen’s Park will be creating more tree trails in the future, as well as looking at others such as areas of historic interest in the park. Each will have a unique QR code.

Tree planting volunteer day

February 23rd, 2022

You are invited to be part of the Friends of Queen’s Park volunteer force supporting the Cityparks team planting the first phase of trees purchased with the funds awarded to us as a result of our successful bid to the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

Where: Open Bakery, 1 West Drive, Brighton BN2 0GD
When: 09:30 am
Until: Approximately 2:30 pm
Clothing advice: Waterproofs and hats in case of rain; Wellington or stout boots (if possible with steel toe caps)
Refreshments: The Friends of Queen’s Park will be supplying hot drinks

The planting will include a replacement for the Peace Tree cherry, which, sadly, has died. The tree forms the focal point each year for a ceremony commemorating victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945.

The new one will be planted close to original tree. The old plaque at the base of the old cherry tree will be re-sited at a later date.

Joint funding for Queen’s Park defibrillator

November 25th, 2021

The Friends of Queen’s Park have joined forces with the Queen’s Park Tennis Club to purchase a debribrillator. 

The life-saving equipment is to be fixed to the exterior wall of the tennis clubhouse and first aid and training sessions in its use will be announced once the installation has been completed.

Queen’s Park Tennis Club social membership is now available

November 25th, 2021

Supporters of the Friends of Queen’s Park can now enjoy social membership of Queen’s Park Tennis club.

Social membership will entitle you to use the club’s bar and facilities, as well as getting a discount should you wish to hire the clubhouse for an event.

If you wish to register as a social member of the club click HERE.

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.”