Earlier this week some Travellers moved onto the East Court playing fields without authorisation. Our land is open to all members of the public to enjoy 365 days a year, but it isn’t acceptable for one group to unilaterally take it upon themselves to take over part of our land.
We are in discussions with the Council about how to normalise the situation.
75 years ago today, on 9th July 1943, 108 people lost their lives in the tragic bombing of the Whitehall cinema in London Road. A memorial stands in Mount Noddy cemetery to 22 of the victims buried there.
Read more about the incident on our history page.
Work has recently been carried out by our tenant, MSDC, to thin out a stand of Beeches up near the East Court Mansion.
The management plan, drawn up by an ecologist, recommended thinning this group of trees. The benefits being to enhance the ecosystem for insects as well as being good Arboricultural practice, opening up the canopy and increasing air flow. MSDC’s arboriculturist carefully chose specific trees for removal that will free up growing space for neighbouring trees to encourage growth through the mature, to veteran, and hopefully one day, ancient life, stage.
A neighbour reported a dangerous tree to MSDC over the weekend, and despite being “out of hours”, the path was soon closed and MSDC’s contractors alerted to come out and resolve the problem.
On 19th April, Chris Nunn, the Chairman of East Grinstead Memorial Estate Ltd, handed over some of our archives to East Grinstead Museum, for them to hold in perpetuity and make available for general viewing or research.
The documents included the Minute Book dating from 1949 to the 1970’s, and a CD containing scanned copies of thousands of documents from the mid 1940’s up until the year 2000 or so. The process of scanning has condensed the 2 metre high pile of paper onto a single CD with all documents in pdf searchable format.
An additional copy of the CD will be lodged at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester.
A great Tidy Up event today at East Court organised by Ashplats Conservation Group. Despite the drizzle , 40 assorted bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers.
East Grinstead Memorial Estate is pleased to give financial support to back up the muscle power of the dedicated ACG volunteers.
Mid Sussex’s tree contractors have been out again in East Court this week, this time carrying out some halo tree management.
Over time, old veteran trees can get crowded out by self-planted trees under their canopy. This weeks activities have been creating a “halo” of open space around the base of some of our trees which are 3 to 4 centuries old. This should ensure that these trees have the best chance of surviving for hundreds more years.
To find out more about halo management, check out the Ancient Tree Forums video here
Despite the recent snowy conditions, this years winter programme of woodland management has been on-going in February and early March. MSDC’s contractors have been concentrating on the area known as the “scout land” which is bordered by houses in Pegasus Way, Fulmar Drive, Lancaster Drive and Hillary Close. The woodland here has been neglected for many decades and in the first instance the work is concentrating on dead, dying, and dangerous trees. There has also been an opportunity to create more open areas by coppicing and this will encourage more species to thrive in the areas with increased sunlight.
Although many of the East Grinstead children had to miss a day’s school because of the snow today, perhaps they learnt more about gravity, thermodynamics and the properties of frozen water than they would have done in the classroom?
Whichever is the case, they certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves on the snowy slopes at East Court.
Work has started on additional footpath enhancements on the Estate.
Most of our grounds are on clay and become very boggy in the winter months. A number of footpath improvements have been carried out in recent years and this week some further additions are being made.
Two new paths are being laid down the slope that leads from the playing fields area into the south eastern corner of the wood, and later this week a new surface will be laid across Rutland Meadow, the open clearing in Ashplats Wood.
EGMEL is in constant dialogue with MSDC about such improvements, and we expect that further improvements will be made in due course.