BEXHILL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
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BEXHILL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP an independent environmental action group run entirely by volunteers
Working to protect and improve the Bexhill environment and promote a sustainable green future: greening Bexhill, action on waste and recycling, tackling climate change, promoting sustainable transport and protecting the marine environment.
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The big project to plant 520 trees on the Down which has been seeded for a wildflower meadow took place on Sat 28th Nov. Clllr Brian Drayson was in the planting team of volunteers who took a break for this photo with chair of BEG Ros Clayton, tree group leader Russell Dufton and watching on Cllrs Ashan Jeeawon and Richard Thomas
Bexhill Down Wood Project

We are delighted to report that we they have planted nearly 1,000 trees and shrubs this Autumn.
Over 280 trees were planted at the junction of Turkey Road and Ellerslie Lane on Saturday 21stNovember under strict COVID19 restrictions, working individually. Meanwhile the ground was being prepared for BEG’s most ambitious project (The Bexhill Down Wood Project); to create a new wood on Bexhill Down underplanted with wildflowers.
The last few weeks have been busy preparing the ground: mowing, removing the cut grass, flail mowing, harrowing and finally sowing a mix of wild flower seeds. These have already started to germinate!

On Saturday Nov 28th volunteers from BEG and the Bexhill Rotary Club planted 525 trees in 3 sessions, throughout the day, continuing until after the moon had risen! These are 15 species of British native trees, mainly 90-120cm high, including field maple, sweet chestnut, wild cherry, red oak and rowan.
Each tree is protected by a Tubex held by a stake and is individually numbered with a code to identify the species to allow monitoring over future years. The information on the species code is available on the BEG website www.bexhillenvironmentalgroup.org.uk if anyone wishes to identify specific trees.
Russell Dufton, BEG tree group co-ordinator said “We plan to involve local schools to assist with measuring as it could be a valuable educational resource to watch the tree growth over time and compare species”.

Finally, on Saturday 5th December, 162 trees were planted at Bexhill Cemetery.
We would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everybody who took part any of our projects this year, without you it would not have happened. We apologize if you offered to help and we could not find a place due to the Covid-19 rules, again thank you and we hope that you will be along next time.

Our tree planting in roadside verges has been on hold due to lockdown but we hope to be able to plant on four or five sites next March. If you know of any area where we might plant trees or would like to be more involved in our tree group and have skills in publicity, photography, knowledge of wildflowers, tree and woodland protection, public rights of way. please email duftonjr@talktalk.net
Bexhill Friends of the Down is a new group which we have formed to help look after the new trees planted on the Down and to help care for this important community space.
Some initial aims for Bexhill Friends of the Down are to:

• Keep an eye on our space and ensure it is well cared for.
• Have regular litter-picks and help keep our space clean.
• Physically look after and protect our trees, shrubs and wildlife, including weeding and mulching around new saplings and protecting from harm with barriers eg animals, weather, contractors’ strimmers etc.
• Organise new projects for enhancing our space, eg planting new native trees, shrubs and wildflowers in keeping with the current vegetation.
• Raise funds/apply for funding to complete these projects.
• Work closely with Rother District Council and lobby them for help where necessary eg repair of concrete paths, areas damaged by workmen, supply of sufficient bins for rubbish/recycling/dog mess.

Covid19 rules mean groups cannot meet outside at present, but Bfotd are interested to know of volunteers who would like to help in the future. People interested in volunteering or supporting this group can email bexhillfotd@gmail com and be added to our Bfotd mailing list. Please indicate what activities above you are most interested in taking part in.

You can also join our Facebook group page, link below, and invite others to join as well. Feel free to post photos of the Down on our Facebook page whenever you are out walking there.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1835478829936144

Wendy Dennis
Co-ordinator of Bexhill Friends of the Down (Bfotd) and
Member of Bexhill Environmental Group (BEG)