From railway marshalling yard to precious Lewes nature reserve


A 25-year retrospective will chart the development of a nature reserve in the heart of Lewes.

Dr John Parry, Director of the Lewes Railway Land Project, took videos of the former railway marshalling yard 25 years ago and they will be shown at an anniversary event that will take place on Sunday (October 27).

Five different habitats of the site, including the former Uckfield railway viaduct, the woodland before and after the Great Storm of 1987 and the railway sidings before the ballast was taken away, will be explored using the video clips to be followed by a short description of how each area is managed by the Ranger, Dan Ross.

The resulting wildlife that can be found as a result of the management will be described by Michael Blencowe, community wildlife officer of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Dr Parry said: “This will be a treat for those who know the site well just as much as those who don’t as we have joined forces with Dan Ross and Michael Blencowe to put on a fascinating mix of views and knowledge about this precious reserve in the heart of our town.”

Tickets are £6 on the door. The show starts at 7.30pm at the Linkater Pavilion and is one of the Trust’s Month of Sundays fundraising evenings.

A dazzling celebration of the first 25 years will take place at Lewes Town Hall on November 8.