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Sheepcote Valley

Sheepcote Valley
Photo by Tony Mould

Striking collection of wildflowers

I am a country person at heart. A great thing about Brighton is its proximity to attractive downland. I love being able to walk from my home straight onto the fringe of the downs. In Sheepcote Valley one can see the most amazing collection of wildflowers. Last year was particularly striking. I found orchids, bellflowers, eyebright, mallow, knapweed, bedstraws, trefoils, self heal and yellow wort to name a few.

Improving land management

It is great that so many wildflowers are becoming more abundant, here and elsewhere. Over the years the management of the valley has changed. Sheep can be found grazing at various times. More recently it was exciting to see hedge laying being carried out on the Wilson Avenue boundary.

Panoramic city views

The views are amazing. There are panoramic views of the city showing its shape and form, and the variety of architectural styles. On a clear day the Isle of Wight can be seen. The valley creates a link from Brighton to the South Downs ‘proper’ and the new national park.

Important role in Brighton history

The valley varies so much between and within seasons; it a place that I never tire of. It plays an important part in the history of Brighton with many and varied uses over the years. Even now it incorporates so many without each activity seeming to impose on the others too much. A relatively small area manages to include a waste collection point, a caravan site, sports facilities, walkers (and often their dogs) and so much valuable flora and fauna.

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  • Sheepcote valley has a ‘Friends of…’ group that always has places for new volunteers! We were a large part of the group doing the hedge-laying and we do regular work clearing scrub and planting trees plus the continuous litter and dog-waste-bag removal! All great fun and nice people to work with.

    By Geoffrey Mead (28/07/2010)

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