Festival set to welcome up to 1,000 visitors

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ALL is in place for a major festival and party on the Railway Land Local Nature Reserve in Lewes from 2-6pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Organisers are hoping as many as 1,000 visitors will descend on the site to celebrate 25 years of establishing the Lewes Railway Land as a community open space.

There will be performers, workshops, food stalls, a beer tent, a puppet theatre and live acoustic music to celebrate sustainability in its many different forms.

The organisers, Railway Land Wildlife Trust and Lewes District Council, have been delighted with the response of stall holders as well as the public’s positive response to the eye-catching poster designed by Chris Smedley.

Dan Ross, Community Ranger, said: “This is an important milestone and we hope as many people as possible will come and enjoy and celebrate our lung-shaped nature reserve that reaches into the heart of Lewes.”

Dr John Parry, Director of the Railway Land Project, said: “We urge people to bring along any photos they may have of the site in 1987 for scanning and being part of a fascinating exercise that will explore the economic, social and environmental drivers from 1987 to the present time and into the future.”

There is something for all the family to enjoy at the Festival, from the amazing observation beehive to energy demonstrations; a puppet show in the woods to a bug hunt; willow sculptures to the Linklater cake specially commissioned for the event.

The Festival will be launched by the unveiling of six large hexagonal patchwork tapestries depicting the wildlife of the site and put together by more than 200 local children as well as a compass mosaic designed by Maia Eden.

Saturday saw the launch of a special limited edition book celebrating the Lewes Railway Land created by Carolyn Trant and the Lewes Printmakers.

For more information about tomorrow’s event please go to www.railwaylandproject.org