As the summer comes closer and closer so does the beginning of our event season and we have some exciting new addition to this years event plan.
One of the events we did last year were the play days in Alexandra Park and we would like to highlight the many wonders the park has to offer. See you there!
Alexandra Park is well known for its diverse and abundant wildlife, especially at the Northern end, known as ‘Old Roar Gill’ which is now a Local Nature Reserve and well worth visiting with binoculars! However Kingfishers and Grey Wagtails can be seen any time of the year all over the park and not just in the reserve, especially at the Bucks-hole Reservoir and Harmers Pond areas.
It’s a great spot for twitchers of all orders because of the pleasing proximity to the coast, which means many rare migrant birds also regularly visit the park, including Night Heron and Little Bittern, plus the delightfully monikered Honey Buzzard and Ferruginous Duck!
The lower park highlights include an active boating lake, traditional bowls green, family friendly cafe, adventure playground, bandstand, war memorial and helpful public information point. The upper park includes tennis courts, multi play area, formal flower and rose gardens, reservoirs for fishing (permit required) natural woodland and a cute miniature railway that’ll be the gem of the trip for most kids.
Various special and seasonal events take place in Alexandra Park, largely during the summer months, including Hastings Beer Festival, various Band Concerts, Play in the Park and interpretive walks and activities, amongst other things.
WhaleFest is the world’s biggest event of it’s kind in the world – giving whales and dolphins a bigger voice. Be amazed, be entertained and be inspired by: science and campaign talks; Main Stage with celebs and experts; indoor whale watch trips; shark zone; careers workshops; hands-on bones and blubber; 30 life-sized whale replicas; top science; music, comedy and more. For beginners, experts, you, me, your yoga instructor . . . everyone!
On the 23/5/2014 The Clean Seas Please team went down the sewers. Looking back this story is an interesting look as to how it used to look down the sewers of Brighton.
On Saturday 9th June 20 members of Subterranea Britannica headed down to Brighton for a gentle stroll round the town sewers. During the summer months, Southern Water, who own the network of Victorian sewers running under the town, take visitors a short distance into the Brighton underworld. The entrance to the sewers is through pier arch 260 beneath the Palace Pier. As soon as the door opened the smell of raw sewage hit us and stayed with us through out the trip.
More than 6,000 tons of wet wipes and other sewer blockers made their way into Southern Water’s sewer network between April and November 2014 – the equivalent in weight of 2,000 hippos.
Of this, 2,155 tons were cleared from wastewater treatment works in Kent, 2,018 tons from Sussex ,1,853 tons from Hampshire and 165 tons from the Isle of Wight, arriving via the sewers after being flushed down toilets.
Wipes and things like sanitary products, cotton wool and cotton buds can block sewers, causing serious problems – potentially leading to pollutions or flooding of homes and gardens as sewers back up and overflow from manholes.
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The Bexhill and Hastings Wastewater Treatment Works and sludge recycling plant.
Southern Water’s Bexhill and Hastings Wastewater Treatment works serves approximately 150,000 people across Hastings and Bexhill.
The treatment works receives flows of around 922 litres every second during dry weather but this can rise to more than 1,500 litres a second during wet weather.
The wastewater passes through four stages of treatment before being released out to sea.
It takes 8-12 hours to go through the treatment process – around two hours at each of the four treatment stages.
These stages are:
– Screening and grit removal facilities
– Primary settlement tanks – called lamellas
– Aeration tanks
– Final settlement tanks
For the sludge treatment:
– Sludge thickening plant
– Sludge digestion plant
– Sludge drying and recycling plant
– Odour control plant
The treatment works runs 24/7, 365 days a year.
The main treatment building houses the inlet works, preliminary treatment and sludge handling facilities.
At the inlet works the water arrives and undergoes treatment through screens which remove fat, oils and grease from the wastewater as well as items such as wet wipes which have been flushed away.
Grit, mainly from roads, is then removed in the aerated grit lanes and taken away for disposal at landfill.
The five primary settlement tanks, called lamellas, are 13 metres long, seven metres wide and seven metres deep. They settle the majority of the remaining solids out of the wastewater – called sludge. This primary settlement process separates the sludge and wastewater into two separate sets of secondary treatment.
Wastewater secondary treatment
The secondary treatment process begins in five aeration tanks, which pump air into the wastewater to encourage bacteria which digests the waste to thrive. The tanks are 13 metres long, seven metres wide and eight metres deep. After the biological process, the water is passed through a final stage of settlement to filter out finer particles of solids before the cleaned wastewater is released to sea through the 1.5 mile long sea outfall.
The site’s sludge treatment centre treats about 45 tons of solid waste every day – turning it into an organic soil conditioner.
The first stage in the sludge treatment process is the thickening plant which removes water from the sludge before From here it passes through large treatment tanks called digesters where bacteria literally eats the waste. Large centrifuges separates the dried sludge, liquid lime is injected to the digested sludge to create a cake that is used as an organic soil conditioner.
Combined Heat and Power Plant
Methane gas produced during the sludge treatment process is converted into electricity by a Combined Heat and Power Plant. It produces enough electricity to power 1,500 homes but the power is actually used to run many of the processes on site. This gas, which would otherwise have been burnt off in a flare, is now being used to produce renewable energy – providing power and heat to the works, with any surplus exported to the National Grid. As well as generating electricity, the CHP plant also recovers heat from the engine and exhaust systems via water from heat exchangers. This water is then used to warm the treatment tanks, helping speed up the bacterial digestion of the waste. The plant reduces the works’ carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes a year.
Thank you to Little Down Farm Christmas Trees for the donation of a beautiful Christmas tree for our event. When the kids have decorated the tree on Sunday we will take our pictures and then donate the tree to the raffle. Will you be the lucky winner of a Christmas tree??