The Hidden Gem of Newhaven – Riverside Park

It incredible to think that up until its closure in 1981, this beautiful ecologically diverse reserve was a landfill site!

Now designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) it is recolonising and evolving since rehabilitation work commenced in 2005.

There are 2 hectares of wildlife rich reserve to explore, you will find diverse habitats including ponds, ditches, scrubland, meadows and various tree planting has taken place over recent years with the Friends having planted over 1000 trees in 2019. Look out for rare wildlife such as Adders, Adonis Blue Butterflies,  Lapwings and the Grey Plover.

Excitingly, Newhaven Town Council are soon to take over responsibility for the site and in partnership with the Friends of Riverside and Valley Pond group have great aspirations to continue to improve the reserve for people and wildlife.

The Friends are always looking for help and support in running the committee and feet on the ground, if this is something you would like to get involved in, please contact or check out our facebook

If you would like to contact the Committee Members or Greenhavens Advisors directly, please go to the website where their full details can be found

Greenhavens Network wants to make a difference to our communities, our open spaces, to wildlife.  Our vision is to not only protect but also to enhance biodiversity, enabling our green spaces to teem with wildlife but not only that, we want to encourage as many people as we can to get out and enjoy, have fun in their fantastic  spaces within their own communities.

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