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Fight to save Sussex countryside becomes top shortlisted kids' book

Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:26

Local author Helen Peter's book The Secret Hen House Theatre has been shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize. The kids' book was inspired by a real-life struggle to safe the farm she grew up on in Ringmer, Plashett Park Farm, from being destroyed by South East Water's £90m proposal to flood the area to create their proposed Clayhill Resevoir.

Helen Peters' parents are both members of CPRE Sussex and were part of the local Lewes Branch campaign against the development. In 2011, following vociferous local protests, South East Water finally shelved the plans.

Helen Peters wrote a 10 point guide on how to fight for green issues you care about in Guardian's children's book section. "The main character, Hannah, discovers that her local water company wants to flood her family’s farm and turn it into a reservoir. Hannah is determined to save the farm, but how can a 12-year-old girl and her friends defeat a big company with powerful arguments on its side? Well, here are 10 things you can do, whatever your age, if you have an environmental issue you care passionately about," wrote Peters.

She also published this charming gallery of her life growing up on Plashett Park Farm.


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