CRUCIAL ‘HOMES NATURE’ EXHIBITION THIS SATURDAY [FEB 29] – TO MAKE THE CASE FOR A GATWICK LOCAL NATURE RESERVE TO AVERT AN ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE IN HORSHAM AND CRAWLEY AT IFIELD [BEFORE THE COUNCILS’ LOCAL PLAN PUBLIC CONSULTATION DEADLINES]

Nature’s Home Exhibition at St Margaret’s Lychgate in Ifield Village – Saturday February 22 2020 [Picture: Hayley Smith]

Following on from last Saturday’s initial Exhibition, there will be a crucial ‘Homes Nature’ Exhibition this Saturday at St Margaret’s Lychgate in Ifield Village [Midday to 5pm] – making the case for a Gatwick Local Nature Reserve to avert an environmental catastrophe in Horsham and Crawley at Ifield [before the Councils’ Local Plan Public Consultation deadlines].

 

 

‘HOMES NATURE’ EXHIBITION – ST MARGARET’S LYCHGATE IN IFIELD VILLAGE – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29 2020 [MIDDAY TO 5PM]

Please continue to submit Display Photographs to info@ifieldsociety.org.uk 

Photographs must have been taken within the proposed Gatwick Local Nature Reserve – eg Ifield Wood Medieval Deer Park, Willoughby Fields Local Nature Reserve, Ifield Brook Meadows Local Green Space, Ifield Village Conservation Area, Ifield West and Golf Club Ancient Woodland, Ifield Mill Pond, Bewbush Water Gardens and Broadfield Park.

 

Horsham Local Plan 2036 Consultation/Comment Forms and 

Crawley Local Plan 2035 Consultation/Comment Forms 

will be available at the Exhibition – deadline March 30 2020 and March 2 2020 respectively.

 

The Ifield Society 

 

St Margaret’s Parish Lychgate Centre

 

 

GERAINT THOMAS RIP

Following the Guardian Obituary on Feb 20 2020, the Exhibitions will be in remembrance of Geraint Thomas of Ifield:


Geraint Thomas [1950-2019]

 

The Ifield Society Committee

Ray Baldry

David Moon

Hayley Smith

Richard Symonds

Aidan Zeall

 

HOMES FOR NATURE

How to make some simple but effective homes for nature.

 

 

“NATURE RESERVE IS ESSENTIAL” – CRAWLEY OBSERVER LETTER

 

Dear Editor
 
Homes England’s plan for a 10,000 plus housing development ‘West of Ifield’ makes perfect sense only if we accept its insanity (“Frustration over lack of answers” and “Create Gatwick nature reserve”, Letters, Feb 6).
 
We are being asked to accept “ten per cent  biodiversity net gain” and “50 per cent Green Space” while destroying Ifield Golf Course and its Ancient Woodland – and killing its wildlife to extinction. Well, we do not accept this insanity.
This monstrous Homes England plan is beyond nonsense and needs to be ‘blown out of the water’ at the earliest opportunity.
 
The only way to avert an environmental catastrophe in Horsham and Crawley at Ifield is to create a Gatwick Local Nature Reserve.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Richard W. Symonds

“CREATE GATWICK NATURE RESERVE” – WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES LETTER

 

Dear Editor

Creating ‘mega’ housing developments in this beautiful county will not solve our problems [“More homes for district”, WSCT Front Page, Jan 30].

Here is one solution: create a Gatwick Local Nature Reserve – LNR Gatwick – as an urgent alternative to the ‘environmental catastrophe’ of the Homes England proposals West of Ifield (ie the Ancient Parish of Ifield).

 This new Local Nature Reserve can include the old Willoughby Fields Nature Reserve to the north of the Parish, down to Ifield Brook Meadows, Ifield Village Conservation Area, Ifield Golf Course & Woodland and Ifield Mill Pond & Bewbush Water Gardens.

 The ‘Green Infrastructure’ is already in place to make that vision possible and viable.

 To make it happen will depend on us.

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

 

 

 

 

William Frederick Drughorn [1895-1916]
The Red Admiral – Photo: Tim Melling

Ramblette 2015
Ifield Brook