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.
EGMEL has been discussing with MSDC ways in which the circular footpath around East Court and Ashplats Wood can be further improved, and this has resulted in the construction of an additional footbridge over an occasional stream near Estcots Drive.
Discussions are ongoing about further improvements, particularly where the route goes around the playing fields.
Mid January saw some essential tree surgery at East Court on three mature Horse Chestnut trees near the Ambulance Station, which were in an “average to poor” condition.
Over the past few years several limbs have been shed, some across the road, and as a precaution MSDC have removed these trees. The gap will only be temporary however as an avenue of Lime trees were planted along the access road some years ago to provide succession planting and pre-empting the need for removal of these trees. The removal of the mature trees will allow the young trees space to grow and establish without their form being spoilt.
Mid Sussex District Council collects contributions from new developments in our area which go into a SANG fund to manage some of the aspects of the East Court and Ashplats Wood site. At the last count, this fund had increased by £52,000 so far this fiscal year, bringing the total to nearly £½ million. The money is ring-fenced and invested to make sure it will provide a reliable income stream for the future management of the wood.
It’s great to see that parkrun is now becoming an established part of the East Court calendar with free 5km timed runs being offered to anyone, and everyone, every Saturday morning. The runs are well organised and marshalled and have on occasions attracted over 300 participants.
To find out more, or to register for your barcode, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/eastgrinstead/
At our AGM, in May 2017, our Members voted to change the name of the Company from East Grinstead War Memorial Ltd to East Grinstead Memorial Estate Ltd. This necessitated a review of our logo, and it was decided that it was an opportunity to introduce a graphic which hopefully gave readers a better understanding of what we do.
We are lucky enough to have Mike Barlow, a very talented graphic designer as one of our Members, and he volunteered to come up with something fresh and modern as can be seen above. The 3 mini graphics of a tree, a footballer, and a family walking with a dog are incorporated to demonstrate the breadth of our activities, and the “Since 1949” tag is there to remind readers of our heritage.
We hope you like the new design, and if you’re looking fro a great graphics designer in East Grinstead, contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his website www.micreative.com