Rangers from East Sussex County Council battled the extremes of the summer to restore an iconic county river crossing to its former glory.
White Bridge, in Alfriston, has now fully reopened after being rebuilt during an eight-week refurbishment.
It was completed using £45,000 funding from the council and the South Downs National Park Authority. A spokesman for the council said rangers worked in stifling conditions inside sealed scaffolding erected to prevent debris falling into the River Cuckmere. They then faced rising water levels caused by torrential rain as the weather took a turn for the worse. The work involved stripping back, priming and repainting metal beams and replacing wooden hand rails and timber decking, which was covered with an anti-slip surface. Meanwhile, brickwork on supporting pillars was cleaned and repointed where needed, while the final touches were applied with fresh coats of green and white paint. Access across the river was open for the majority of the time thanks to a temporary bridge.