Railway Land Trust in Lewes to explain its charity work in Madagascar

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The work of the Lewes Railway Land Trust in Madagascar will be the subject of a talk at the group’s annual general meeting on Friday May 15.

Dr John Parry will explain more about the work supported by the trust at Ambohimanga, a sacred site similar in size to the Lewes Railway Land, 13k from the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo.

The meeting will be held at the Linklater Pavilion at 7pm and will also feature the director of the Railway Land Project, Dr Parry, outlining new ways of thinking about green spaces.

Dr Parry, who recently returned from a visit to Madagascar, said: “I hope our members will be proud of the initiative we have supported at this extraordinary primary forest site and that others will be interested in its sacred story.

“It was a wonderful moment to see our logo displayed at the site and to work with enthusiastic young Malagasy students keen to spread the message of sustainability.”

There will be a chance for local people to preview Dr Parry’s idea of nature reserves such as the Railway Land as ‘Places to Think With’ which will feature at a national Sustainable School Alliance Conference in Bristol in July.

Another aspect of the talk will be the work supported by the Trust Collaboration which came about at the suggestion of the late Dr Alison Jolly, who was a great supporter of the Railway Land Project.

Both talks will be fully illustrated and all are welcome.

The Railway Land Nature Reserve, just off Railway Lane, is more than 20 acres in size and was previously a rail yard.The land was saved from development by a group of local residents.