Guided Walks

We have begun the guided walks within the Countryside Park. Peter Hunnisett led us through the park starting at the entrance beside the Blackbrooks garden centre. Peter had produced a spotter sheet which was very useful in identifying the plants that we often take for granted and walk right past.

We took a gentle walk up the old section of Pebsham Lane noting plants and listening to the birds as we went. At the kissing gate, we turned down the path towards the Pebsham lake noting the blossom on the blackthorn(Sloe) and wild clematis. At the lake, we spotted several of the black cormorants sitting in the trees and a single grey heron flew graciously over the lake landing on the other side. Continuing down the recently cleared path towards Freshfields, we noted that the butcher’s broom that had been rescued was thriving amongst a big patch of garlic mustard. The yellow gorse was glowing in the sunshine and the smell was gorgeous. We continued back to the Discovery Centre for a well-deserved cup of tea at the re-opened cafe. The cafe will be open every Friday and Saturday from 2 pm-5 pm. More volunteers to help keep it open are needed.

Next Walk: Saturday 21st May 2022. 1pm meet at the Discovery Centre.

Safer in Sussex Community funding secured

The Friends of Combe Valley have received a grant of £ 400 from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund as part of their Safer in Sussex campaign. This will go towards HI-Viz jackets for our park wardens.

See the full press release here.

If you wish to find out more about our wardens then check out our wardens section of taking part page.

Art projects call out

We will be posting information in regards to the audio arts trail soon.

Please check Projects > Arts for now.

iTree survey

During 2021 Friends of Combe Valley along with members of Bexhill and Crowhurst Environment Groups and other groups took part in the Rother iTree survey in the Rother area including and the Countryside Park. We are currently waiting for the results to be published.

Rother I-tree survey

oak trees

The volunteer surveyors were each given a random measured marked plot of land. Within each plot, details were taken of the numbers of trees, variety, height, spread of branches, the condition of the tree(s). All the information was plotted along with the exact location and details as to whether it was an area suitable for more trees to be planted.

All this information has been gathered and a report will be generated to inform local plans.

Wardens wanted

We are always looking out for volunteers to join our small wardens group who regularly patrol the park, advising walkers on routes, keeping in touch with the local farmers. Noting anything that needs to be reported to the local Police for action. Generally being aware and reporting to the relevant authority or land owner of any hazards or damage.

Go to Taking Part for further information or contact Peter Clarke on 07393 3458530