Supporters invited to ramble at Abbots Wood amid fears it could be sold off

SUPPORTERS are invited to a ramble and rally exploring Abbots Wood which could allegedly be sold off as a result of Government cuts, according to campaigners.

The ramble starts at 11.20am on the north side of Berwick Railway Station tomorrow, May 7.

Residents will be given a guided tour revealing the beautiful and mysterious secrets of the woodland. Actions for Access, an organisation dedicated to promoting the right to roam, has organised the event.

A Ramblers Association statement said: “The walk will explore the beautiful Abbots Wood and nearby woods, If the bluebells are as late as they were last year we will catch the last of a wonderful display.

“The leader will show you the many beauties of Abbots Wood- quite a lot of which are the result of management by the Forestry Commission. This forest could still be sold off as a result of the existing policy of selling up to 15 per cent of Forestry Commission land because it is classed as commercial forest . Many of these beauties could be lost.

“En route to Abbots Wood we will walk on paths recently re-opened as the result of action by the Ramblers Association and see examples of the way landowners attempt to deny access to the public. We are likely to see blocked paths, paths that have been ploughed up and signs that have been removed or changed.”

A rally will then take place at 1pm at the main car park at Abbots Wood. Walkers will then saunter to Polegate Railway Station to return home.

Trains leave Brighton at 10.52am, Lewes at 11.09am, London Victoria 9.47am, Haywards Heath 10.35am, Hastings 10.26am and Eastbourne 11.04am, say organisers. Unless you are coming from Hastings or Eastbourne buy a return ticket to Polegate because that is where the walk will end.

If you want to come by bus the Cuckmere Community bus leaves Seaford library at 10.42am, with a connecting bus(12) from Brighton Churchill Square at 9.53am. There are frequent buses from Polegate to Eastbourne.

Bring a picnic, or you can probably buy food at the shop by Berwick station.