Green Circle Network
What is the GCN?
The Green Circle Network is a ring of wildlife sites all the way around and within the town, connected to each other and protected from development. It will enable wildlife to survive and flourish around Burgess Hill. The GCN will also provide Burgess Hill's residents with access to places to enjoy nature, connected by a series of traffic-free routes. Please click on the following link to view a map of The Green Circle Cycle Routes and Wildlife corridors in pdf version.
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There will be a network of safe pathways connecting the outer Circle with the centre of town, offering walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users an alternative to the car for their regular journeys (to work, school, shops, church, sport etc). The GCN was unanimously approved in principle in October 2008 by Burgess Hill Town Council, and now forms part of Mid Sussex District Council’s Pre-Submission Core Strategy which maps out the future development of the whole of Mid Sussex.
What's been happening?
In the last six months the support framework for the GCN has developed rapidly. In August, the Friends of Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve voted to change their name to The Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network. This group now provides a single focus for volunteers who want to help with the growth and maintenance of the GCN. In addition to Bedelands, groups looking after parts of the Green Crescent near Tescos and Batchelors Farm have already joined this town-wide initiative. Other teams will be starting soon at Nightingale Meadows, Malthouse Lane Meadows and beside the railway line near Wivelsfield Station.
How do I get involved?
Membership of the Friends group is open to all, and costs only £5 per household. Application forms are available from Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point, 96 Church Walk, the Library or from the Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network. Alternatively, you can contact the secretary on 01444 242667.
The Friends group continues to help with the maintenance of wildlife sites, and carries out surveys to improve our knowledge of the local natural environment. It gives talks and organises walks on local nature sites, including the Annual Children’s Safari at Bedelands Nature Reserve. All this information is contained in a colourful quarterly newsletter (also available on their website).
Why not join now, enjoy group events and help care for the future of your town and countryside?