Twin trails to showcase town

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A wildlife trail is set to be created at a number of Hailsham landmarks and sites of special interest under proposals announced this week.

Green fingered society Hailsham In Bloom has drawn up a blueprint outlining plans to create a wildlife trail scheme in the town in a bid to increase awareness and appreciation of local flora and fauna.

The proposals were strongly supported by the society’s members when they were aired by its chairman Cllr Richard Grocock.

The plan is to identify wildlife habitats and areas of interest to the community, which are of ecological or botanical significance.

Town councillors and community environmentalists will join forces to begin initial preparations for the trail’s guide, which will be available to members of the public next spring.

Landmarks and sites of local importance which are set to be highlighted in the proposed trail include Hailsham Country Park, Hailsham Parish Church grounds, Orchard Park, the Dennis King Memorial Sensory Garden, Hailsham Common Pond and a number of other sites across the town.

Cllr Grocock said the creation of the trail could enrich the value of the town.

He said: “Hailsham In Bloom is delighted to be undertaking the creation and development of what is probably Hailsham’s first ever wildlife trail.”

“Although our town is considerably built-up, in many areas there are still some country views and glimpses of wildlife for all to see.”

Cllr Grocock added:“We have already developed the Hailsham Heritage Trail in 2011, and the Hailsham Wildlife Trail will be just as much of an interesting and educational experience, encouraging visitors and residents to take a much closer look at the wildlife that is all around us and to remind us how fortunate we are to live in such a lovely environment.”

Renowned local environmentalist and friend of Hailsham In Bloom, Janet Simes, will help to design the trail’s route and produce the accompanying Hailsham Wildlife Trail leaflet.

She said: “With an abundance of nature on our doorstep, Hailsham offers a valuable habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna.

“Hailsham In Bloom and I are entrusted to protect, maintain and where possible enhance nature conservation and biodiversity.

“The trail will also help us by bolstering our links with the local community, so that more local people benefit by gaining access to nature.”

She added: “We hope that the wildlife trail, when launched next year, will increase people’s appreciation of local wildlife.”