Overhead pylons removed from landscape

A STUNNING piece of East Sussex scenery was restored to its former glory last week when EDF lineman tore down overhead pylons and overhead wires from Brightling Down.

The firm invested 825,000 in a project to remove more than three mmiles of overhead electricity lines including 60 wooden support poles and other equipment from one of the highest points in the High Weald AONB.

They say the work will improve views of the Rother Valley and the south coast from Brightling Down.

The down's highest point is marked by Brightling Needle, a 65 foot folly built by eccentric Georgian aristocrat 'Mad Jack Fuller.'

The area was painted by JMW Turner and some paintings have survived including a view from Rose Hill towards Brightling Down.