The banner shows summer flowers on Old Down taken in June

Expect to see orchids on Beggarwood in several places including the orchid meadow on the east side of the park.
Lots of beautiful Pyramidal orchids have appeared on Old Down in recent weeks.

Harlequin ladybirds and others on tree trunks and twigs. Also often seen on gorse and yew

Butterflies like this gatekeeper are most often  seen on sunny days

Kidney vetch is an excellent source of nectar for long tongued bees

See  more photos taken recently

For more information see Management Overview page

Work Parties
Work parties on Old Down  every Thursday morning 10am at Old Down Hall. We don't mind if it's cold as you soon get warm but unrelenting rain is a different matter. You will be sent a confirmation email the day before if you are on our list of volunteers.

GOOD NEWS:  The Council has given the 'green light' for us to resume work parties on council managed land from 10th October.  This means that we will re-start our work parties on Thursday 15th October, providing Government regulations do not change.  All guidelines will need to be met and we will separate into groups of no more than 6 if more than 6 people turn up.  Working will need to be socially distanced and please bring your own gloves if you can.

Work parties on Beggarwood
We hope soon to restart work parties on Beggarwood as we have someone willing to lead them.  If you would like to help
please contact us at

For courses you need to be a full member (annual subscription £5.00) but there is no further fee for the course. For other events a donation of £2.00 from non members and £1.00 from members is requested. For work parties we should probably pay you but sadly it doesn't work that way

For enquiries and courses contact Jill Lincoln at