2018 Conservation Report from The Level’s head gardener Steve Peters

Conservation at the Level


Brighton & Hove City Parks Rangers


Local Organisations

  • Brighton & Hove Food PartnershipNon-profit organisation that helps people learn to cook, to eat a healthy diet, to grow their own food and to waste less food.
  • Brighton Permaculture TrustA charity that promotes greener lifestyles and sustainable development through design
  • The Living Coast – Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region – the Biosphere Partnership brings together many local organisations to connect people and nature and so inspire a positive future today in our world-class environment of Downs, Towns and Coast.
  • Community WorksCreates the support and networks that help people and organisations to use their time, expertise and energy effectively. 
  • Trust for Developing CommunitiesA community development charity working in Brighton & Hove and beyond  aiming to inspire and involve local community groups through innovative projects, activities and training.


National Parks Groups

  • Open Spaces Society – Assist local communities to safeguard their green spaces for themselves and future generations
  • National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces – Dave Morris Chair – To promote the National Forum of Volunteers at national level
  • The Conservation Volunteers  (TCV) – The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym® is a scheme which inspires improvement to both health and the environment. (See Insurance)
  • Love Parks Websitemanaged by Keep Britain Tidy.
  • Parks Alliance The Parks Alliance (TPA) is the voice of UK parks, representing the people and organisations that create, maintain, invest in and use public
    green spaces.
  • Natural England WebsiteConserving and Enhancing the Natural Environment
  • Landscape Design Trust –  an independent voice for public open space.
  • Wild About Plants is a national project led by Plantlife and funded by Natural England through Access to Nature. The website has a number of useful resources and gives people the opportunity to learn more about wild plants
  • Federation of City farms & Community Gardens supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom
  • Fields in TrustProtecting outdoor recreation space and playing fields


Funding Assistance

  • The Environmental Funders Network (EFN)
  • East Sussex County Council Grants and Funding
  • Parks for People – conservation
  • Veolia Environmental Trust – restoring green spaces
  • The Design CouncilActive by Design is the Design Council’s response to the current major health crisis caused by many people’s very low levels of activity, and a lack of access to healthy food.
  • Planning Aid –  – provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities.
  • Planning for Real supporting communities to bring about change and shape their neighbourhoods
  • Funding Central –  is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. It lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy.
  • Green Infrastructure Resource Library – This is a free resource compiled by Dr Ingo Schüder MCIEEM with over 500 references & links to case studies, tools, videos, technical and non-technical publications about Green Infrastructure, greenspace, economic value of natural environment etc
  • Grant Finder – Provides access to a number of grant finding sites


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Wildlife Contacts


Plant Contacts


Preston Park Wildlife Garden