Friends group for Lewes beauty spot

Path clearance
Path clearance

Following the controversy over planned clearance work at Landport Bottom, Lewes, a group of concerned local people raised a petition.

They attended a meeting of Lewes District Council’s Landport Bottom Management Committee and consequently the plan to cut trees and scrub and to move a fence on the top half of the wooded path leading to the first chalk pit (the ‘Fairy Ring’) has been halted, at least for this year.

Now the idea has been conceived to form a ‘Friends of Landport Bottom’, to provide an independent forum in which people who love and use the downland beauty spot can meet to discuss issues and exchange news.

The new group will work with local Council Rangers to help ensure that Landport Bottom continues to provide a wonderful resource for local people as well as a haven for wildlife. It will endeavour to keep local people informed of any planned work or changes and provide a conduit to the council, as a voice in further decision-making about the way the area is managed.

There will be a public meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road, at 7.30pm on Monday, February 17, to which anyone – walkers, riders, nature-lovers, all who value Landport Bottom – is welcome. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit or call Stephen Watson on 01273 476585.