A Colourful Addition to Ferring

We are extremely grateful to Ferring Nurseries who kindly donated all the plants to enable Ferring Conservation Group to brighten up the boat on the Village Green.

Ferring Guide Group usually do a splendid job in maintaining this boat but due to Covid19 restrictions they have been unable to do so.

We hope you agree that it is a welcome and cheerful addition to this area of Ferring.


Flaxen Fields

If you go down to the Rife today you will be sure to see acres of blue flax in the Ferring/East Preston Gap. Flax or Linseed produces a pretty blue flower which bees love. The seeds that follow are in little round seed boxes which are crushed to extract linseed oil. Flax used to be used to make linen but this variety is only used for its oil.

Let it Bloom, June

Did you follow the National Trust’s advice to ‘No mow, May’? We were asked to leave an area of our lawns to grow and to see how many wild flowers appeared. Mine is mown around the edges, with a central area left and this is attracting many birds including goldfinches and blackbirds. If you haven’t done this, it is not too late! Let it Bloom in June!

See under nature notes for many exciting sightings.

Nature Notes

Go to Nature Notes for Tricia’s frequent posts. There are recent sightings and suggestions for things to do and look at in your garden and when walking around the village and over the Gaps and up to Highdown. Please report to her any interesting sightings of your own.

A virtual visit to Highdown Gardens

We know that many of our members will miss their usual visit to Highdown Gardens this Spring so please click on the video below and enjoy a short virtual tour of these beautiful Gardens that we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep.

Virtual Tour of Highdown Gardens

Virtual Tour of Worthing's world famous Highdown Gardens 🌸Our beautiful chalk gardens on Downland countryside, overlooking the sea, are bursting with life and are a spectrum of colour.Although we're currently not able to see the rare plants first hand, our gardeners have been snapping away to ensure we have a wonderful collection of springtime photos to share with you at this difficult time.Put on your headphones, find a quiet place and take a few minutes to escape with our video below…

Posted by Highdown Gardens on Friday, 1 May 2020

Future meetings and activities

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we have had to cancel the planned beach clean on Saturday 16 May and the next members’ meeting on Friday 29 May. We continue to keep our future meetings and activities under regular review, but will of course abide by Government regulations and advice. Any updates on our activities will be posted here as well as in our regular e mails to members.

Covid and Lockdown

We seem to be moving out of lockdown into ‘alertness’, which means more freedom to go out – keeping the 2 metres ‘social distance’, or wearing masks where we cannot do that, and that more shops will be opening soon, beginning with Garden Centres. I know that many Conservation Group members have been helping their friends and neighbours with shopping and other essentials, and it may be necessary to keep this up for a few more weeks at least. As before, if you know of anyone who needs help but not getting it please let me know – EdMiller43@msn.com

Nature Notes:

During these unparalleled times it is reassuring to observe that nature continues to thrive all around us.

Please see our Nature Notes page for up to date observations and suggestions from the Group’s wildlife expert, Tricia Hall.