The Friends group was set up in 2007 to help plan for the Gardens' 100th year celebrations. This event proved to be such a success that we went on to hold an annual festival every May. Alongside this we’ve held other events, talks, litter picks and raised significant sums of money to help improve the Gardens themselves.
Who we are
We’re a group of local residents/volunteers who care about our park. We want to make sure that the Gardens continue to be a beautiful, safe space that serves the needs of the local community.
The Friends Committee are: Pippa Smith (Chair), Linda Austin (Secretary), Juliette Bidwell, Lucy Bundy, Melanie Davis, Alison Dean, Natalie Hall, Kate Kirkham, Colm O'Neill and Cliff Robinson.
What we do
We are here to represent the people who live and work in the neighbourhood and for people who visit the park and we welcome your views.
We meet regularly with the Park Rangers and representatives from Brighton and Hove City Council. We are also in touch with local councillors to raise issues.
To see what projects we are currently working on, please visit the Projects page.
If you have an idea about how St Ann’s Well Gardens can be improved or any issues you feel need addressing, we want to hear from you. If you want to get involved to help make the park the best it can be, please do get in touch.
We have set up four working groups, so that Friends members can get involved in the life of the Gardens:
The newly reformed FOSAWG Events Team is helping to put together a number of events in the park, including those via Brighton Festival and Artists Open Houses. The team also supports those who want to put their own events on (e.g. through promotion).
The kind of tasks we need help with include things like taking round Friends’ collecting boxes or helping audience members to find a safe place to sit and watch a performance. Members of the team will also assist musicians and performers to make the best use of their time with us. Commitment can be for as little as one-off annual support for the Spring Festival, or as much as helping to host a weekly Toddlers’ Group in the Sensory Garden.
Members of the Team will only get together prior to and after each event for planning and debriefing purposes - so there is no need to fear lots of meetings! If you like meeting new people and seeing lots of activity happening in the park, please get in touch..
We’re a group who has a particular interest in making sure that plants and animals thrive in the park. In the past we have put on various bird-related activities, including the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, and walking groups such as a Dawn Chorus walk. If anyone is interested in widening the activities of our wildlife group, we’d love to hear from you! Perhaps you have a particular penchant for the squirrels? Maybe the fish or other pondlife? Or maybe wildflowers and biodiversity is more your thing? All new ideas and participants welcome!
Leave No Trace Group
We're a new group of members who want to help improve the human impact on the park’s environment - by encouraging park users to leave no trace that they have been there. We want to help educate park users of all ages to recycle, take litter home, clean up dog mess, reduce anti-social behaviour and make the environment a welcoming place to be for all. We are action-focussed & help organise litter picks, remove graffiti and think of creative & collaborative ways to deal with any problems that may arise.
With lockdown easing and increased use of the park in the Spring and Summer, we need lots of help! If you are interested in getting involved - either on an ongoing basis or for an occasional litter pick - please let us know. The more of us there are, the more we can do :-)
This group was set up to involve parents and carers in consultation about the Council’s plans to improve and upgrade the playground in the Summer of 2021.
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING