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More wildflower meadows in 2021

RewildingWe're creating more wildflower meadows in local parks and open spaces this summer to encourage native insects, wildlife and grassland species to thrive.

Open space in nearly 30 locations across Mid Sussex will be set aside and left to grow throughout the summer as part of the national Blue Campaign. You will be able to spot the protected areas because they will each be marked with a blue heart symbol.

A recent study by the Wildlife Trust suggests that 90% of lowland grassland has been lost in the 20th Century, areas that form an essential part of the UK’s ecological infrastructure. It is this dramatic decline in biodiversity and biomass that led wildlife film maker Fergus Beeley to create the Blue Campaign, a conservation project, which aims to rewild areas across Great Britain by letting grass grow naturally.

By letting the grass grow, native wildflowers begin to emerge, and they provide a natural canopy for smaller creatures like short tailed field voles, crickets and grasshoppers. Various types of beetle and caterpillar will start to feed off the native wildflowers and in turn, they will support families of growing blue tits.

To find out more about rewilding and increasing biodiversity in the UK, just visit www.bluecampaignhub.com


Help us to improve Brooklands Park

Brooklands ParkThe COVID-19 pandemic has reminded everyone just how important parks and open spaces are for local communities across the UK. As we ease out of lockdown, we are planning ahead for future improvements to Brooklands Park in East Grinstead.

To help us create a plan, we'd like you to tell us about how you currently use Brooklands Park, and how you would like to use it in the future, by completing a short questionnaire 

Your answers will help us develop draft proposals, which we will share with local residents and use to gather further feedback. After that we can finalise a plan and start delivering the improvements throughout the Park.

Your support will help inform decisions about what to improve and how the future of the park might look and feel in years to come.

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