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Railway Land Recovery


The nature reserve took a bit of a hammering during the lockdowns while we were making the most of our allowed outside time. Green spaces everywhere were playing host to thousands as we walked or exercised in the natural environment. All this doesn't come without a cost, and the Railway Land like many other spaces now deserves to be the recipient of the love and attention it so freely afforded us. The Railway Recovery project began on 19th May. Volunteers began by planting a beautiful hornbeam outside the Linklater to replace the holly bush that was damaged last year - it felt like a fitting first step in the recovery of the nature reserve! The project, headed by Plumpton College graduate Jenny Lindop, will continue the tidying up of the permaculture bed, enclosing some particularly damaged parts of the Reserve with protective fencing, re-seeding and eventually planting saplings. The worn steps in different parts of the Railway Land will also be repaired or replaced. Jenny will be running regular volunteering sessions on the first Sunday (at 10am) and third Wednesday (at 1pm) of the month. Get in touch if you are interested – jenny@railwaylandproject.org We hope to return the Railway Land to a place of quiet enjoyment, halting the loss of habitat and letting nature evolve. Look out for Railway Land Recovery notices as a sign that the Recovery is underway. The project has been funded by the Chalk Cliff Trust.