Since the consultation event in May much work has been going on behind the scenes to progress improvements to the park, using the Park Masterplan as our guide.

Garden of Remembrance
The Garden of Remembrance had the greatest support from the consultation responses and it is this that is currently being implemented and is ongoing. At the consultation we asked for volunteers to work on the Garden and as a result we now have a keen pool of dedicated people who have been tidying up borders, pruning trees and cutting hedges and grass to prepare the area for the next stage of the work which will involve planting borders and improving the pathways. The fact that members of the community are involved and taking ownership is excellent.

We hope those of you who use and appreciate the Garden are noticing the improvements already.

Rain Garden (South Field)
As well as providing a way of mitigating heavy rainfall the Rain Garden will also incorporate natural play value.

Work is due to commence in November and local company ‘Garden Sage’ has kindly offered to donate plants and design the planting scheme. Thereafter the area will be maintained by HKD (Hassocks, Keymer and Ditchling) Transition. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with HKD Transition who is overseeing the project and we appreciate this generous contribution from Garden Sage.

At the meeting of the Grounds and Environment Committee on the 25th October 2018, Members authorised funds for procuring a project manager to oversee the delivery of the wheelpark. The project manager will also support any appropriate community consultation on the design elements of the wheelpark. Once the project manager is appointed the Council will go out to tender to secure the most suitable contractor to deliver the facility.

We are aiming for completion of the new facility by the summer of 2019.

Older Children’s/Teen Play area
Once the wheelpark contractor starts to submit designs we will have a clearer idea of the footprint, or space the wheelpark will take up. The next phase of developing the area around the wheelpark/skatepark can then be addressed. In all conversations with potential suppliers and project managers, this area around the wheelpark has been discussed and additional ideas sought. Our aim with this area is to see it developed by the summer of next year or the spring of 2020.

We will provide another update, when tangible changes have taken place or are imminent in not just the above, but in other areas of the park.

Hassocks Parish Council would like to thank everyone who completed the survey on the Adastra Park Masterplan. Much interest was shown by those who visited the Parish Council stand at the May Day event where the Masterplan was on display.   Many questions were asked about the proposals and the event provided a really valuable opportunity for Councillors to engage with the community.

In excess of 380 survey responses were submitted including 160 from the pupils of The Windmills Junior School.

The overwhelming response supported the vision for the park and many ideas were forthcoming from those who completed the survey. Pleasingly, a number of people have also volunteered to assist with improving the Garden of Remembrance.


Some great news is that, since the consultation the Parish Council has received confirmation that it has been successful in a bid to secure external funding from developer contributions (s106).  A total of £75,000 has been awarded from Mid Sussex District Council towards the skate/wheel park which will now enable the progression of this part of the project. Thank you, Mid Sussex!

The Council is in the process of prioritising other areas of the Plan, drawing on the suggestions and outcomes of the Consultation. The next stage is to explore the feasibility of various options with suppliers.


Updates on the progress of this project will be posted on the Parish Council website,, which also feeds posts to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Email may also be used to send updates to those who have provided email addresses for this purpose.  Please do let the staff at the Parish Office know if you would like your email address to be added to this list by emailing:

May 2018


Adastra Park is a real asset to Hassocks Parish Council and to the community as a whole.  The Parish Council is keen to ensure that the facilities in the Park meet the needs of a changing and growing community.  Therefore with this in mind, a “Masterplan” has been drawn up with a range of proposed improvements to make Adastra Park a Park for All.  

The Parish Council is seeking the views from as many members of the community as possible through a Public Consultation.  The Consultation is running from Monday 7 May, for a six week period, until Monday 18 June 2018, please view the proposals.  THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED.

However, the MASTERPLAN proposals can still be viewed online by clicking the link.




The Garden of Remembrance in Adastra Park was created by Edward Stafford, who donated Adastra Park to the Parish Council.  Edward Stafford’s eldest son, The Frederick John Ewart Stafford (known as Ewart) was killed in the First World War, and the Garden of Remembrance was to commemorate Ewart and other comrades from the village.  Further information about the history of the Adastra Garden of Remembrance and other War Memorials in Clayton and Keymer can be found here.

The Parish Council would very much like to initiate a plan to refresh this special area and to provide ongoing maintenance and care.  Therefore it is hoped that it might be possible to create a team of volunteers who would be prepared to roll up their sleeves and help to bring this beautiful garden back to full glory.

If you feel you might be able to give your time even for just a couple of mornings per year, please let the Parish Office know by completing a VOLUNTEER FORM and dropping it into the office (address as above) or emailing at

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