Exposing the Rocks
Recent visitors to the Country Park Nature Reserve will have noticed that the rocky outcrops along the entrance road to the Visitor Centre have been cleared of excessive vegetation and their important geology is now much more visible.
This work, and similar clearances in the old quarry area, has been carried out at the request of Natural England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and will take place during January and February to avoid any disturbance to nesting birds.
During the clearance in the quarry area a footpath has been temporarily diverted but it should beopened again once the work has been completed.
According to Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure and amenities, “We recognise the works will initially look drastic. However, by exposing the sandstone rock outcrops, Natural England and Hastings Borough Council will be displaying some of the finest examples of our geological past for everyone to see.”
A very informative video by Murray Davidson, Environment and Natural Resources Manager for HBC, about the importance of these rocks can be found on the Hastings Observer website:www.hastingsobserver.co.uk