Lewes to Newhaven cycle link is named

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THE cycle link between Lewes and Newhaven has been christened The Egrets Way.

The name was chosen at the annual meeting of the Ouse Valley Cycle Network (OVCN) held at the Linklater Pavilion, Lewes.

Thirty suggestions had been made by the public but The Egrets Way won the day. Said Vice-Chair Andy Lock: “It was a close run thing but the steering group felt that the relatively newly-arrived white birds to Sussex with their distinctive necks and body shapes would form the basis of a good logo as well as reminding us of nature adapting to changes in the environment.”

The meeting, which included a talk by Michael Blencowe on the wildlife of the Ouse valley, saw the launch of a film setting out the arguments for a river route that built on the success of securing Government support for a Lewes to Kingston multi purpose track.

Secretary Susan Thompson said: “The OVCN plan for a riverside route to more safely connect village communities and provide essential wildlife corridors within the living landscape of the Ouse valley is now very well supported by local people who have been inspired to get out and about to enjoy the natural beauty of our valley by our wonderful summer of sport.”

The OVCN is launching a competition to design a logo for The Egrets Way. The competition is open to all. Details can be found at www.ovcn.org.uk

The winning logo will be used in all publicity and on finger posts to mark the trail once funding can be secured. The closing date is October 30 and jpeg entries only should be sent to secretary@ovcn.org.uk