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Nature walk with guides in the Ore Valley – CANCELLED
23rd September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFREE
The site which, for most of the last century, was the Broomgrove Power Station in Ore, has lain almost undisturbed for nearly 20 years. As a result it is now a fascinating brownfield site with a good, healthy and varied amount of biodiversity.
This includes around 200 species of flora, badgers, foxes, slow worms, lizards and many dragonflies, butterflies and beetles. We are offering a nature walk around the site with ecology guides, suitable for both adults and children. In the way that Nature has taken over the site, you could think of it as Hastings’ own little ‘Chernobyl’, but a lot safer.
Entertaining herbalist and plant medicine expert Ben ‘Fairlight’ Edwards will show you how you can make a medicinal tea from what you probably would have considered a weed, and Forest Leader Claire Land will keep the children occupied and learning in a subtle way, with journey sticks, bark-rubbing and leaf and beastie spotting and identifying.
There will also be Heart of Hastings people at hand to inform you about the history of the site and the low carbon, affordable housing and job creation plans for the site in the future. Our aim at the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust is to bring back job opportunities and improve housing options in the Ore Valley, and to make it a more resilient, sustainable community. We believe that our plans can achieve this whilst preserving the natural assets on the old power station site – principally, the large pond and the woodland areas.’