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The Green Circle is a ring of green sites around the edge of Burgess Hill. Some belong to Burgess Hill Town Council, others to Mid Sussex District Council.

The Green Circle Network is a series of footpaths, cycle tracks and bridleways linking the green sites to one another and to the town centre. These make it possible to travel without using cars or following roads. They also provide “green corridors” so that non-flying wildlife can move between the green sites instead of being stranded on one site and dying out completely. About half of this Green Circle is still in the planning stage.

The Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network is a registered charity. We are all unpaid volunteers. We manage and improve these sites on behalf of the landowners for the benefit of wildlife and for the enjoyment and education of the whole community. We carry out conservation work and wildlife surveys, which are actually great fun, as well as organising open air events, guided walks and talks and our annual Children’s Safari.

Recent projects include a length of dry stone wall for lizards, pond dredging and building a dipping platform on Bedelands, as well as sowing a wildflower meadow area on Batchelors Farm. Find more details of these under Recent Projects.

We want to encourage everyone to make use of these beautiful spaces, whether they are schools using them for occasional, open air lessons, young people pursuing Duke of Edinburgh Award courses, dog walkers and those who seek exercise or simply pure enjoyment. All we ask is that you don’t spoil them for others by causing damage or leaving litter.

Anyone who has an interest in the countryside is welcome to become a member and for only £5 per year per household (plus a voluntary donation if desired). Members receive a colourful quarterly Newsletter which details all our activities and news. We have guided, themed walks (birds, butterflies, flowers, fungi, moths, trees etc.) led by experts, outings to local places of interest, illustrated talks on various nature topics and Conservation Workparties on sites at weekends.

Visit www.bh-green-circle.org.uk

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