New interactive displays at Linklater Pavilion in Lewes

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Following the recent successful launch of a ground source heat pump display, the Railway Land Wildlife Trust in Lewes is proud to launch two further interactive displays.

One is on soil and the second about water stored in the chalk under our feet.

A year in the making, each display in the Undercroft at the Linklater Pavilion in Railway Lane is designed to inform and entertain visitors about essential processes that we take for granted – the creation of soil and storage of fresh water.

Carpentry tutor Ian Brown, from Brighton City College’s Catering, Construction and Engineering Department, with students Renzzo Zagnoli and Sarah Burton, took on the soil project suggested by Railway Land Project Director, Dr John Parry.

Working with soil expert Dr Alan Rae, of Fletching Glasshouses, the team have created a fascinating display for all ages.

Bosch has donated a power drill and the College will be giving another power drill to the students along with a gift from the Railway Land Wildlife Trust.

Mr Brown said: “I have not come across a more dedicated pair of learners.

“Both Renzzo and Sarah have worked incredibly hard on this project, using their own initiative to overcome multiple unseen challenges.

“Both learners have spent hours of their own time working on the project to make it a success.”

The second display is a working model of the Winterbourne aquifer put together by Dr Tom Crossett.

The display delights youngsters who play being the sun by pumping water into the clouds and then guiding it through vegetation, soil, chalk and the stream by turning taps to mimic the seasons.

Dr Crossett said: “The plumbing was fun, but our serious purpose is to help people understand where rain goes on the South Downs as the seasons progress and what it does for life and landscape.

“Many brilliant people have helped with ideas and data such as South Downs National Park Authority, the National Farmers Union, and Sussex Wildlife Trust and we look forward to developing this work.”

The Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve has been given a prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. It recognises the best parks and green spaces in the country.