AN EXHIBITION celebrating the Cuckmere Estuary near Seaford will be staged before the river is changed for ever.
Organisers want people to contribute their art work, which was inspired by the river, to the show.
The Cuckmere Pathfinder Project, which took suggestions from the community, will decide the best approach for the flood management of the valley on June 7.
Heart of Reeds (Lewes Railway Land) artist Chris Drury said: “The meandering estuary enclosed by the chalk cliffs is a hypnotic landscape, how much more so will it be if the river is allowed to find its own course, with its ancient cleansing rhythms of flow, it will return the valley to its extraordinary capacity for rich biodiversity.”
Following ten years of research and discussion, change in some form for the Cuckmere Valley is now imminent.
The exhibition will mark this important moment when the Cuckmere Pathfinder Project makes its decision.
Artists working in any media, including the written word, are being asked to submit work that is either inspired by, or features views from or of Cuckmere Haven.
These will be exhibited in Seaford and the Seven Sisters Country Park between June 10 and 19.
Organisers of Celebrate Cuckmere are looking for artefacts, historical images and memorabilia relating to the Cuckmere.
Other events planned include guided walks, talks by historians and archaeologists, workshops for children and adults and community events.
The Coastguard cottages will also be open to the public for the first time.
For details of how to take part in the art exhibition go to www.celebratecuckmere.com or write to:
Celebrate Cuckmere, 5 Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, BN25 4AR, or call 07943 091003.
The Pathfinder Project includes a series of events at which the community work alongside the council, landowners and other statutory bodies to identify the different options, and together come up with a preferred approach for the future shape of the Cuckmere Estuary.
Funding for flooding defences at the Cuckmere River was stopped in April because government policy dictated funding could only be given where people were at risk of flooding.
In total six options have been suggested through consultation process, which range from improving the existing defences to allowing the valley to flood.
To see the full range of options visit www.cuckmerepathfinder.org.uk.