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.
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 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
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
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)