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Spring in the Patch, 8 April 06

Lucky with the weather

Parents and children, neighbours and residents - all had a great afternoon in the Patch, or, to give it its proper name, the William Clarke Park. It was sunny, if breezy and a bit on the cool side. But that didn't stop the fun. There was the bouncy castle - as always a popular attraction. And since this was Easter there was the traditional Great Egg Rolling challenge. In the craft area there was the chance to paint your egg before the ceremonial rolling. And when you'd had enough of that there was the Easter Bunny Hunt to tax your tracking skills.

Refreshments

And when you were in need of tea or coffee, a piece of cake, etc., you could go to the refreshments tent. There were a number of other stalls as well, including one selling plants. Given the need Bouncy Castle there is to not be wasteful with water, it was good to see that there were 'drought resistant' varieties on offer.

The event was organised by the Friends of the William Clarke Park, a local community organisation with a mission to see that the Patch is well maintained and is a valuable green space for the locality.

You too can Join

you too can join!Another stall that attracted my interest was one by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, who are encouraging interest in the local wildlife, and want to change the view held by some that the Patch is some sort of barren desert. A list of birds that have been seen in the Patch include the great spotted woodpecker. (I can confirm that cos' I saw it too!) Wrens, thrushes, sparrows, blackbirds, crows, magpies, robins, wood pigeons, and collared doves are all frequent visitors.

If you want to get more involved the Friends of William Clarke Park would like to hear from you. (Click on their name to go to their website)

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