A new easier access path has been opened into picturesque Baxter’s Field, Lewes.
Constructed at the site of the gentlest slope possible, it will help those in wheelchairs, the elderly and people with prams to enter the field and enjoy its space and beauty.
The new ‘golden pathway’ has a special surface to prevent wheels slipping.
The path project is the idea of, and has been developed by, Elizabeth Thomas, a Baxter’s Field Director, in memory of her twin brother Ken, who died of motor neurone disease in May 2011.
Ken loved the outdoors and even when severely disabled would make every effort to be out in the countryside, although those who helped him were very conscious of how restricted access could be.
The only other access into the field has been via the main gate at the top of Paddock Lane. It is a steep path, originally built for the Baxter’s Field Sports Club. A steep bank runs along the Bradford Road edge of the field which left few choices for the site of the new path.
Funding for the project has come from the Chalk Hill Trust, Lewes Lions, Lewes Rotary Club, Lewes Town Council, Sussex Police Property Act Fund, Waitrose Community Fund and private donations from members and supporters of Baxter’s Field for which the Company is grateful.
In the picture is PCSO Tracy Honey presenting a £200 cheque from the Sussex Police Community Fund to Elizabeth Thomas for the new path with Ivan and Bridget Wells and Helen Ward, members of Baxter’s Field Company.