Click here to download the group Constitution (word 43KB)AIMS.
The aims of the Friends are:
i) To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment around Burgess Hill and other local areas for the public benefit;
ii) To advance the education of the public about wildlife within the areas.
To pursue these aims the Friends will:-
a) Undertake practical conservation work in accordance with the management plan;
b) Make regular surveys of the area's flora and fauna;
c) Organise guided walks, talks, open days, newsletters, advertising, etc.;
d) Monitor the use of the area;
e) Advise other agencies, such as Councils, nature organisations etc., of local interests and opinions.
f) Engage in other activities in furtherance of the aims or for the benefit of the Group from time to time as the members see fit.
g) Safeguard and improve the network.
1. Continue to educate our members and the general public (including children) about particular sites and species in and around Burgess Hill as well as wildlife conservation in general. This is being achieved by walks and talks, special events, our newsletter, leaflets, displays, website and meetings with influential organisations (Councils at all levels and voluntary sector).
2. Continue to conduct scientific surveys and use the data for the basis of management plans, advice to landowners and as a source of information for our members and the general public. As many sites as possible should be designated as Local Nature Reserves and where possible managed within the Stewardship Scheme so that they have long term funding and security.
3. Continue to train our members in a variety of courses (management, leadership, survey skills etc.) so that the above may be achieved via competent members giving sound advice which is highly regarded and credible.
4. Monitor planning applications in and around Burgess Hill and seek to influence them so that wildlife and conservation considerations are given due regard and funding. The shortage of public ‘green’ spaces must be addressed by providing new areas and enlarging existing ones. Ancient woodland and hedgerows, flower-rich meadows, ponds and streams must be protected for future generations to enjoy.
5. Support better access to the countryside and wildlife corridors via a network of Leisure paths and others in and around Burgess Hill, suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, disability ‘buggies’ and equestrians (where possible). The use of these safe, wildlife corridors that are traffic-free routes with good signage and facilities should be encouraged and supported for the benefit of wildlife, transport, fitness, pollution and access to other places.
6. Encourage better provision of access, education and management by the appointment of a dedicated manager/ranger for Burgess Hill based at a visitor centre.
7. Set up local teams/groups within the Green Circle organisation to look after their local sites.
8. Consult widely and work with Councils, organisations and the voluntary sector to achieve the above.