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Can’t see the wood for the trees?

Some healthy oak trees on Council land have escaped felling, no thanks to Hastings Borough Council (HBC) — but many others are under threat for no clear reason, reports Bernard McGinley.

Posted 15:12 Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley HBC Ice House Pevensey Road planning Robsack Wood Tree Preservation Orders Winchester House Woodland Trust

St Leonards oak trees threatened with felling

From Eden to the Ancient Celts, and Monty Python’s lumberjacks to the Norse Yggdrasil, trees have attracted regard and wonder. An application to fell three oak trees in St Leonards with Tree Protection Orders is causing controversy. Bernard McGinley peers through the foliage of planning policy and sees where it is not being adhered to.

Posted 07:51 Monday, Aug 28, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley British Standard BS 3998:2010 Crowhurst Road Hastings Borough Council planning department HS/TP/17/00499 planning Robsack Wood Tree Protection Orders trees

Heritage in Hastings

A piece of classic heritage will meet another one at Alexandra Park, Hastings, when a classic Bedford lorry built in 1934 arrives on Sunday, 10 Sept 10, to promote the park’s historic

Posted 10:56 Monday, Aug 21, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Alexandra Park Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group Heritage Open Day Linda Foy Linda Pearson London to Brighton Historic Commercial Vehicle Run Lovage

The Wonder of Trees and Moths

Nature lovers and gardeners can discover the story of moths and trees at an event held at The Bohemia Walled Garden celebrating Heritage Open Day. The nation-wide, annual Heritage Open Day celebrates England’s cultural and architectural heritage. Linda Foy writes.

Posted 08:11 In: Home Ground Tags: bohemia walled garden Crystal Ray Harmony One moths National Tree Register The Wobblies The Wonder of Trees and Moths trees

What would we do without them?

Here is a startling revelation about an army of volunteers. According to the NCVO, an estimated 12.7 million people volunteer in England once a month and in talking to three of them, it dawned on me that volunteering is… work. Often it’s hard and sometimes thankless work. I also found that the reward for such free labour is not just the warm glow you get from helping other people, though that is certainly part of it. Pat Driver, trustee for The Sara Lee Trust writes.

Posted 13:57 Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Pat Driver Sara Lee Sara Lee Trust volunteering

125 not out

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery’s 125th birthday celebrations were a great success on Wednesday 16 August. It marked 125 years to the day that Hastings’ first public museum opened, on 16 August 1892, with a re-creation of the original opening ceremony at 3.30pm, the exact time the museum was first opened.

Garden of Cultural Delights

In this our 8th year of Cultural Delight we were pleased to be joined by Hastings Mayor Cllr. Judy Rogers for the Mayor’s Community Picnic and to take the opportunity to reflect on how essential it is to develop understanding and friendship beyond religious and cultural difference in order to secure a community where bonds of respect and love free us from prejudice and hatred. Report from Tim Miller of the Interfaith Forum.

Posted 12:28 In: Home Ground Tags: Celtic Strings Eddie Cornish Ezat Azur Garden of Cultural Delight Gizmo Hastings and District Interfaith Forum Humphrey and Francis Mayor Judy Rogers Midnight Cats The Jazz Organisation Tim Miller Tornado Twirl Stars

De-flowering in the Old Town

HBC sub contractors Kier have scored an own goal by wiping out wildflowers in a designated wildlife site in Hastings Old Town. Chris Hurrell writes.

Posted 13:55 Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Chris Hurrell Contract and Service Level Agreements Kier
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