Easy access to beautiful land

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Enjoying the beautiful countryside in Plumpton and East Chiltington has been made a lot easier thanks to the work of Monday Group and funding from Southbank Ramblers.

Monday Group are a volunteer group based in Ditchling who maintain public rights of way and design, build and install stiles, bridges and steps allowing walkers to travel easily through surrounding land.

Now, thanks to an £800 donation from London-based Southbank Ramblers, Monday Group have been able to construct five new stiles on public footpaths between Plumpton and East Chiltington during 2015.

Sue Ellenby, chair of Southbank Ramblers, said: “Often fed up with coming across stiles that are broken or difficult to climb over, we came across some installed by the Monday Group and they are wonderful. We had some spare money so decided to fund some stiles in an area that we love to walk in. They are a great design and they seem lovingly made with the initials of the maker on them. The group is a inspiration and really contributes to the enjoyment of the countryside.”

In torrential rain and strong wind on October 5, a group from Southbank Ramblers walked from Plumpton Station to Lewes via a number of the stiles they funded.

Monday Group is funded by donations from local organisations and private individuals. It also raises its own funds by the sale of bird boxes, wildlife and insect habitats, coffee mornings, jumble sales, etc.

Visit www.mondaygroup.org for more information on the work they do.

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