A nature reserve behind a train station is given new life after a £15,000 cash injection.
Improvements to Lewes Railway Land have upgraded the site’s water meadows and hedgerows, its bird hide and the installation of a diving platform.
The Railway Land Wildlife Trust received £15,500 from the South Downs National Park Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the work.
Nestled on the floodplain of the River Ouse, the reserve was once a busy marshalling yard that has now been reclaimed by nature.
The area where the train tracks once stood is now crammed with wildflowers that attract bees and butterflies.
Helen Meade, chief executive of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust, said the improvements “opened up a whole new world”.
“Our new pond dive platform in the floodplains has opened up a whole world of beautiful aquatic life to the many children and community groups who visit us – the excitement of finding a water stick grasshopper has been amazing,” she said.
“You can safely dive in without damaging the ditch banks. When it’s really hot, we take the animals to our natural hiding place to look at – also greatly improved with the help of CIL funding.
“We also had some paths renewed. In particular, one path by the pedestrian bridge over the railway line regularly became impassably muddy in the winter months, so we are happy that people can get into the nature reserve more easily.”
Nikki Allen, who helps manage CIL payments for South Downs National Park, said: “It’s wonderful to see the improvements taking shape in this little oasis in the heart of Lewes. This scheme shows the difference CIL can make to local communities.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20668098.work-completed-improve-lewes-railway-land/?ref=rss Work completed to improve Lewes Railway Land