In the last week the historical ‘Fire Hills’ situated at the far eastern end of Hastings Country Park have been devastated by the relentless work involving a giant caterpillar digger tearing up vast areas of gorse and scrub along the top of the cliffs.
While undergrowth regeneration is doubtless necessary, never before has it been so excessive as this ruthless destruction of such vast areas of surrounding landscape and ancient paths.
It is also disturbing to wonder what effect this could have on the wildlife and also possible cliff erosion. This is all being done by Hastings Council as part of its ‘conserve and enhance the landscape plan’.Every walker I met in
this area shared the same view that the famous ‘Fire Hills’ now resembles ‘The Waste Land.’