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One of the best junior schools in Brighton
Westdene is a very pleasant village situated just off the London Road (A23) about two miles north of Brighton city centre. The village boasts a Post Office, convenience store, butchers, health & beauty salon, pharmacy, Chinese takeaway and one of the best junior schools in Brighton.
The nearest villages are Patcham, over the London Road, and Withdean, which surrounds the smaller village. The Withdean Stadium, home to the Brighton & Hove Albion is nearby and on a match day the crowd’s roar fills the centre of the village. The village Post Office is named after Eldred Avenue, the main road through the center of the village.
Surrounded by the downs
Westdene is surrounded by the beautiful Sussex downs, the peaks of which can be seen surrounding the village, especially in Winter when the heavy tree growth clears out to give clear views across the hills.
Away from the pace of the city
This lush vegetation makes Westdene a beautiful and sought-after location in which to live and especially in which to raise a family or just to slow down from the pace of the city. There is a small but well-maintained park in the village’s central valley, right next to the local school, Westdene School.
Nature reserves with rare species
The village is the proud home to a number of small but important nature reserves, which harbour rare butterfly and moth species as well as providing an important safehaven for native plants and wildlife. There is a strong community of bats in the area and the local conservation group run activities throughout the summer months to help educate local residents to the nature on their doorstep.
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