The Friends of St Ann's Well Gardens is a Registered Charity, Registration Number 1141038.
The aims are to promote the preservation, restoration, and improvement of St Ann's Well gardens for the education and benefit of the public, by associating the local authority and local community in a common effort to provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the lives of local inhabitants.
The Friends of St Ann's Well Gardens was set up in November 2007 to assist with the planning and delivery of the centenary celebrations in 2008. Since then, we have put on annual Spring Festivals and other events. Our website is regularly updated, we have a Facebook page & a Twitter account.
We have a strong track record of fundraising for improvements to St Ann's Well Gardens & Community Events. We have just raised £20,000 for the restoration of the Sensory Garden from donors including The Co-operative Community Fund and the Rampion Trust. In 2012, we won £4500 from BritVic towards the restoration of the Sensory Garden pavilion, which can be used as a resource for our events and by local schools. We also secured sponsorship for the Spring Festival from the Montefiore Hospital (2013) & Brighton & Hove Girls High School (2014 & 15). In past years we received £1600 from the Co-operative Community Fund towards the creation of a Historical Trail with weatherproof signs of old photos and pictures; and £600 from Brunswick & Regency Neighbourhood Action Group for a new bird interpretation board, and put in feeding stations for the birds. Funds that we raised from public donations at the Spring Festival have been used to publish a History of St Ann's Well and linked interpretation boards; to build a Wildlife Pond; to provide a Tree Interpretation Board; and to fund emergency repairs and a fish rescue of the Fish Pond.
The Friends Committee are:
Melanie Davis (Chair)
Linda Austin (Secretary)
Supported by Brighton and Hove City Council
We have set up two working groups, so that Friends members can get involved in the life of the Gardens :
Entertainments Group - This group is responsible for the planning of the Spring Festival & Welloween and is developing ideas for more events to cater for all ages.
Wildlife Group - Join our band of volunteers to attract even more wildlife to the Gardens. In May, join us on a Dawn Chorus walk. See the Wildlife page for more information.
To get involved in any of the working groups, email us
The Spring Festival map and information and the Tree and Heritage Trails are now available on a free app from TiCL (The Tree Council)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING