TLC Bulletin - October 2017

Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

Coming Up...

Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below and others too!

Thur 5th Oct, 9.45am-1pm - Newhaven Country Market, Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven (NTC)

Fri 6th Oct, 9.30am-3pm - Devil's Dyke Fungi Hunt (Part 1), Newtimber Hill, nr Saddlescombe - £10, book (NT)

Fri 6th Oct, 10am-12.00pm - Stanmer Park Nature Tots, Brighton - £10/£8 per child

Sat 7th Oct, 10am-11.15am - Wonder Tails, Woods Mill, Henfield, ages 5-9, free but booking essential (SWT)

Mon 9th Oct, 11am-3pm - Baking al Fresco, Saddlescombe - £12/£6 book (NT)

Fri 13th Oct, 9.30am-3pm - Devil's Dyke Fungi Hunt (Part 2), Wolstonbury Hill, nr Saddlescombe - £10, book (NT)

Fri 13th Oct, 8pm-9.30pm - Materials Use and Circular Economy talk (Duncan Baker-Brown), Lewes, free/£5 donation

Fri 13th-Sun 15th Oct weekend, 7pm-11pm - Lewes Light Festival trail, Lewes, free but book (LL)

Sat 14th Oct, 10am-12pm - Woods Mill Wildlife Watch, Woods Mill, Henfield, ages 5-8, £8/£9 (SWT)

Mon 16th & Tue 17th Oct, 9.30am-1pm - ONCA Art Club for Kids, 5-12 years, ONCA, Brighton, £15 each day

Mon 23rd Oct, 10am-12.30pm - Signs of Autumn, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes (RLWT)

Thurs 26th Oct, 12.15pm-1.15pm and 1.20pm-2.20pm - Undersea Explorers, Brighton Swimming Centre, 7-11 years, £12/£14 (SWT)


Wed 8th Nov, 6pm-8pm - Sustainability event: Resilience and Hope in Action, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton (RSA)

Fri 17th Nov, 7.30pm-10pm - 'Tomorrow' film screening, Ditchling Village Hall (HKDT)

Volunteers, Jobs & Opportunities
House Sparrows photo comp
Free, deadline 31 October - see

Gardening with refugees and asylum seekers
Gardens of Sanctuary's survey for community garden groups to identify gaps and requirements for including this audience. 

Big Fig catering course
Places available for unemployed people on a six week Big Fig 'getting into catering' course, including a week in Normandy. Starts 23 October. Contact 01273 468200 or email Mo.

Smarter Uniforms
Smarter Uniforms is a Brighton & Hove Fair Trade initiative. to buy and donate good quality second hand school uniforms, with free vouchers also available.

HOUSE Biennial call for volunteers
ONCA is looking for volunteers to work with HOUSE on this year's Biennial to host an exhibition by Becky Warnock.



October 2017

Greening the Grey

Dear <<Name>>

Autumn has now arrived - see our monthly Nature Now diary for the local lowdown - with a temptation to retreat inside away from senescing outside world. But fear not, there's still lots of wildness and daylight to enjoy outdoors before the clocks go back at the end of the month. And more broadly, there's much more that we can do to green our environs and so keep nature close.

'Urban greening' is the call to action in this month's Bio Blog (excerpt below right), eloquently made by James Farrell of 'Brighton & Hove Building Green' - a voluntary initiative dedicated to promoting nature as an essential part of a healthy, sustainable city, by incorporating green roofs and walls in the built landscape.
See the 'WoW' section (below left) for ideas of places you can go to appreciate inspiring examples of green buildings.

A key place of interest is Madeira Drive, the location of the oldest and longest green wall in Europe! Take a look at our
Spotlight piece to learn all about this incredible structure, where the human and natural worlds have been brought together.
Madeira Drive is now the focus of major seafront regeneration plans, including the current crowdfunding campaign led by the city council to secure support to kickstart the restoration of the iconic but now-derelict Victorian Terraces. Please help if you can by pledging your support (before the 30th November).    

Lastly, we have an extended autumn half-term break to enjoy coming up in Brighton & Hove, so do have a look at our eco-events Calendar (summary list, left) for inspiration on what you could get up to this month. A particular highlight is the annual Lewes Light festival, where the townscape is literally transformed for the nights of the 13-15th October weekend.   

Enjoy the autumnal activities!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Green Buildings

Inspiring examples of green walls and roofs that you can visit in The Living Coast include:


~ Madeira Drive, Brighton seafront – the longest green wall in Europe!

~ Regency Square, Brighton seafront – large green roof park over underground car park

~ The Level café, Brighton – a recent green roof (pictured above) 

~ Crew Club, Whitehawk – landscaped green roofs

~ New England quarter, by Brighton station – green walls planted

~ Phoenix ‘container housing’, by Preston Circus – wonderful wildflower roofs

~ Linklater Pavilion, Lewes – green roof on the environment centre


Bio Blog

Nature for a Healthy Home  

When we talk about creating safe, accessible and attractive towns and cities, we often forget one thing: Nature.

But aren’t we apart from nature, not a part of it? What does nature in cities do for us? In fact the evidence of how we depend on nature is now quite overwhelming, from improved health and community safety through to functional benefits such as cooling us in heatwaves and soaking up flood water.

Thanks to imaginative planning policies, the
UK 'green roof' movement is growing at 17% annually - the fastest in Europe – and a study of Brighton & Hove city centre found 87 football pitches area of roof potential for greening.
Brighton & Hove Building Green’ believes that we can bring about many more of these benefits, although accepts that evidence is not enough - people change when they feel as well as think, and we need green spaces for people to interact with.

So let’s remember this key ingredient and bring nature into the very fabric of the city and into our everyday lives. After all, we may well depend on it...  read full blog

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