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Monday, 21 July 2014 09:47

Downderry Lavender: July visit

Written by Lorna Train

On July 17, we visited Downderry Nurseries to see their lavender farms. The day we visited, the nursery had just been filmed by the BBC for Gardner's World.

Monday, 21 July 2014 08:22

2014 AGM: Plumpton College

Written by CPRE Sussex

This year we returned to Plumpton College, the expanding and thriving home of East Sussex land-based education, for our AGM. The morning meeting included presentations with speakers on the theme of Sussex farming and the environment and included presentations by Sussex Wildlife Trust and Ben Taylor of Iford Farms (see below to download Powerpoint presentations).

17 May saw Billingshurst Community Centre buzzing with campaigning groups, CPRE members and local people fired up in their shared love of the Sussex countryside and their desire to protect it. Local campaigning groups’ stalls lined the hall, showcasing their cause whether to protect against a second runway at Gatwick, stop a new town being built in unspoilt Sussex countryside near Haywards Heath or to register residents’ opposition against Fracking in West Sussex. Inspiring speakers from Hands Off Henfield and Locals Against Mayfields Building Sprawl (LAMBS) shared their campaigning stories and top tips for successful grass roots mobilisation against the loss of cherished countryside.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:22

Photos: CPRE Visit to Wooton Manor

Written by Lorna Train

Wootton Manor visit June 2014

The childhood home of Elizabeth David, the Cookery Writer. Mr Colin Brent gave us a very informative account of this beautiful 17th Century house. An additional wing was added in the early twentieth century.

Members enjoying a sumptuous lunch prepared by Sabrina Harcourt, the current owner of Wootton Manor and niece of Elizabeth David. She devised a menu based on the recipes of her aunt.


Relaxing on the terrace in front of the house.


Friday, 30 May 2014 12:37

41st AGM: Plumpton College July 10

Written by CPRE Sussex

This year we return to Plumpton College, the expanding and thriving home of East Sussex land-based education. Established in 1926, the College’s 800-hectare estate is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the South Downs, it offers the ideal setting for our 2014 AGM.

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