Monday 16th, November.

It incredible to think that up until its closure in 1981,the Riverside Park reserve in Lewes Road, Newhaven was a landfill site. Now designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) it is recolonising and evolving since rehabilitation work commenced in 2005.

There are 27 hectares of wildlife-rich reserve to explore, with diverse habitats including ponds, ditches, scrubland, and meadows. The Friends of Riverside Park have also planted over 1000 trees and the area now attracts rare wildlife such as Adders, Adonis Blue Butterflies, Lapwings and Grey Plover.

Newhaven Town Council is now set to take over responsibility for the site and in partnership with the Friends of Riverside and Valley Pond Group have great plans to continue to improve the reserve for people and wildlife.

The Friends are always looking for help and support in running the committee and for extra feet on the ground. If this is something you would like to get involved in, then contact lesley_boniface@yahoo.co.uk or check out www.facebook.com/RiversideParkCommunityVoiceNewhaven/

If you would like to contact Committee Members or Greenhavens Advisors directly, visit the website where their full details can be found.

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