Project Closure event

In May 2013, the partners met for the project closure event in East Sussex to share the achievements of the European Union funded project. The event was held at Seven Sisters Country Park which is one of the countryside sites which has benefited from the grant funded project through new interpretation at the visitor centre and across the Park. The closure event included presentations by each of the project partners, as well as a site visit of the Park.

Environmental education – exchange of knowledge between partners

Following the crossborder exchange visit in Belgium on Environmental Education, efforts have focussed on improvements to visitor and tourist services at Seven Sisters Country Park. The interpretation improvements have made the visitor centre and park much more accessible and enjoyable for tourists. The new improvements were shared with our partners and Interreg facilitator at the Closure Event. Rights of Way online map launch

Rights of Way online map launch

East Sussex County Council has developed a new online map that will allow tourists, walkers, horse riders and anyone interested in enjoying the countryside of East Sussex to look up scenic routes for a country walk, or a stroll on the edge of town. The map covers the whole county and lets you zoom in to any area to show the footpaths, bridleways and byways in that location. You can also find out if there are any stiles, gates or bridges on the paths. Click here to view the map via the East Sussex County Council website.

Summer Guided walks

Bodiam Castle Boat Trip and Ramble

On one of the hottest days of the year, 25 walkers enjoyed a circular guided walk, with Eastern Area Team Manager, Simon Fathers, following public footpaths from Salehurst to the historic Bodiam Castle.

Once the group arrived in Bodiam, the walkers boarded the 'MV Dannie Lee' ferry for a well earned boat trip down the River Rother to the village of Newenden. En route, walkers learnt about the important role the River Rother played in the past for local industry, (transporting cannons to London, sheep fleeces, charcoal) and also today as a valuable habitat for wildlife. Banded Demoiselle, Grass snakes, Common Hawker dragonflies, Kestrels and a swarm of bees were some of the wildlife sightings on the walk. 

After a stop at a pub in Newenden for light refreshments, the group boarded the boat for the return trip to Bodiam and then headed back on foot to Salehurst passing vineyards, old hop fields that once dominated the area, and old apple orchards.

Bodiam Castle taken by Maura Badoni
Copyright: Maura Badoni

Sand Dune Stroll

In August, walkers from as far away as Manchester joined Eastern Area Team Manager, Simon Fathers for a circular guided walk from the historic Cinque Port of Rye to the rolling sand dunes at Camber and back via the open grazing land of the Romney Marsh.

Along the way, the group learnt about the history of the area, including the old Rye to Camber tramway, which was built in 1893 whose abandoned tracks can still be seen on some sections of the route, and the P.L.U.T.O (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) which was built during the Second World War to transport oil under the channel to Normandy, to be used by allied forces after the D-Day landings.

On reaching Camber, Simon explained the management of the sand dunes as a natural flood defence and the importance of the site for wildlife. The group were particularly interested in the recent planting of marram grass, funded by the Accessing the Countryside Project, and the use of old Christmas trees to stabilise the dunes.

After a picnic lunch on the dunes the group headed out onto the Romney Marsh behind Camber village using public footpaths and bridleways to experience this unique landscape before heading back to Rye. Unfortunately, at this point, severe weather came in which included thunder, lightening and torrential rain. Everyone was soaked to the skin by the time the group reached the safety of Rye but all agreed that the weather added to the whole experience of walking on the marsh!

A programme of guided walks is planned for autumn/winter 2010 and details will be available soon.

Environment Week in East Sussex

During Environment Week in June, Chailey Common Ranger Crispin Kirkpatrick led a day of guided walks around Chailey Common for students with physical and learning difficulties from Chailey Heritage School.

 The students and their carers enjoyed a walk along the Old Heritage Pathway, to the windmill and out to a view point to take in the spectacular views of the East Sussex countryside.

Crispin explained to the group the history of the Common and helped the children spot the wildlife and flowers along the way.

 The event was enjoyed by all and a regular walk programme has been organised for the children to explore the Common in each season.

To find out more about Chailey Common, please visit the East Sussex County Council website:
Chailey Common

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