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November 2018

Grouping Together for our Green Spaces

Dear <<Name>>
The days may now be drawing in and long dark nights with us, but there's still lots of natural spectacles and environmental activities going on (see 'Nature Now' and 'Eco Events' sections below).

There's a great deal of activity that happens year-round 'behind the scenes' by many people - mostly volunteers - to help support and improve our local environment in fact.
Perhaps nowhere more so than in our local parks and open spaces, where there are a multitude of voluntary green space groups. All work hard to care for these places and make them better for both people and nature - and so support our mission for The Living Coast.

Increasingly this range of local groups are working together for mutual support and benefit, as is the case in the city through the Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum - an initiative that our Biosphere programme has helped to get established.
ead this month's Bio Blog (excerpt below) of their story, and see how you can get involved with your local green space group through the BHGSF website.
Hoping that you can play a part in looking after your local nature!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership
Bio Blog - Uniting our Natural Volunteer Community
by Cliff Munn, Chair of Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum 

The financial pressure on local authorities to reduce the cost of managing our parks and green spaces is immense. The importance of the volunteer community has really come into sharp focus.
The Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum (BHGSF) is now one year old, and in this short time it has grown to include 75 local voluntary green space groups.

The Forum’s key functions include bringing groups across the city together to support one another, enabling potential volunteers to find groups, and acting as a conduit to disseminate information more widely. 
The Forum has successfully established itself and emerged based upon a real need for such a network and as a result of challenges that our public green spaces, both locally and nationally, are facing.
Our long term objective is for Brighton & Hove to be recognised as a role model city for community involvement with the enhancement of green spaces.

There is no doubt that our member groups make a significant contribution to the city’s natural environment, whilst improving their own health and wellbeing.
And by coming together they are able to achieve even more...
Read Blog
WoW! - Window on Our World

There are a number of different Green Space Groups Networks active locally...

WoW! - read on
Eco Events
There's lots of fun events happening this month, including: 
- UN SDGs debate/film, Lewes - Weds 7th pm/eve
- Beach Clean, Brighton - Thurs 15th pm
- Winter Birds, Woods Mill - Fri 16th am 
- Brighton Vegan Market - Sat 17th
- Albatross film, Lewes - Fri 23rd eve
- Festive Wreaths, Lewes - Thurs 29th eve
View Calendar
Nature Now

The clocks have now gone back and winter’s dark is with us, along with more typical colder conditions...
What's happening in nature?
Volunteering & Jobs

Work and voluntary opportunities available at present include:
- Jamie's Farm Lewes - sessional worker job to fill, working on visits by vulnerable children
- Peacehaven green spaces surveys – tree ID, flora and fauna recording
- HK Hedgehogs - Hangleton & Knoll project seeks event helpers and committee members
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