By Phil Belden
You may remember the successful campaign to save the Eastbourne Downs from being sold off by the council, thus protecting our precious public land for the future.
Eastbourne Borough Council has organised a drop-in session to hear your views on Tuesday 29 January, from 12 noon – 8pm, at Eastbourne Town Hall. It’s vital that we ensure these 4,000 acres are better conserved and enhanced, for us and for our wildlife. So please call in and let them know your feelings, with ideas and aspirations for our treasured Eastbourne downland.
Points to consider from Sussex Wildlife Trust, it’s predominantly farmed land, so it would be good to see:
- more environmentally sensitive farming, food production in harmony with wildlife conservation,
- more arable fields rich in farmland birds and minimal chemicals to ensure clean drinking water (which comes from the chalk under the farmland),
- more permanent pasture to restore our internationally rare chalk grassland,
- protection of the rich cultural heritage and carbon storage to help offset damaging climate change and a host of other benefits that could result in a more enlightened caring for our Downs.
- Public accessibility should be improved too, with a better network of definitive (legal) paths to provide easier, safer routes for all abilities.
Please pop along at your convenience with your thoughts and suggestions. Together we can help shape a great downland landscape for us and our wildlife. See you there I hope.