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Visit Us In Lewes

The Railway Land Wildlife Trust exists to inspire environmental sustainability by bringing nature to the heart of Lewes. Our beautiful purpose built centre, the Linklater Pavilion, can be found at the entrance to the nature reserve. Get in touch if you would like to come and view our  unique events venue and discover how it could work for your function or event.


The nature reserve is open 24 hours a day all year round and is accessible by wheelchair.



In Sussex, immersed in a beautiful location by the River Ouse, Lewes, are more than twenty acres of land, used for over fifty years as rail yards. When they were dismantled, they became a wasteland. After twenty-five years of benign neglect, the land was saved from development by a group of local residents who formed the Railway Land Wildlife Trust. The Lewes Railway Land is now a beautiful sanctuary for local wildlife and home to a flourishing collection of flora and fauna. Many different species can be discovered throughout the seasons, creating a perfect sanctuary to connect with nature.


Since the revival of the land, it has become a prized nature reserve around which a variety of social, educational and ecological projects revolve, many with a strong focus on the role the natural world can play in meeting the challenges of climate change. These, and the web of relations between them, constitute the work of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust. The Railway Land Wildlife Trust is an active organisation aiming to inspire environmental sustainability by bringing nature to the heart of Lewes. In 2010 an award winning, sustainable building, the Linklater Pavilion, was built at the entrance to the reserve and is now both home to the Trust and a thriving hub for environmental interests and activities. The Linklater Pavilion can be used by anyone looking for a beautiful setting for community events, special occasions, children's parties, corporate events or outdoor learning.

Our Upcoming Events


We run a variety of events throughout the year, from guided walks to talks, family friendly festivals, conferences and children’s activities. Click the button below for more information.

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We are always looking for volunteers to get involved in running events at the Linklater Pavilion.

Please get in touch if you are interested in
getting involved.

Linklater Pavilion, Railway Ln, Lewes BN7 2FG

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