Sussex Greenways was founded in 2021 by Nick Hanna, a former director of Energise Sussex Coast, with Richard Watson our CEO one of the committee members. It aims to improve the lives, wellbeing and environmental health of rural communities by re-connecting villages with one another through a network of safe, accessible and environmentally sensitive greenways and quiet lanes. Many footpaths and bridleways are unpassable for much of the year and extreme weather events will only worsen the poor condition of rural walking, riding and cycling infrastructure which receives very little public attention or Government funding compared to urban routes. By restoring and re-connecting existing bridleways, Rights of Way and footpaths, including the creation of 3 metre wide crushed limestone surfaces we aim to make the wooded hinterland of rural Sussex accessible to all throughout the year and help to address the issues of rural isolation, loneliness, transport poverty and the health inequalities that follow.
Imagine a network of safe and healthy routes that can enable walkers, cyclists and riders to enjoy the natural beauty of the region, elderly residents taken out for the day by local volunteers on electric rickshaws to visit new parishes and access essential services, or e-cargo bikes making essential deliveries in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Picture a thriving eco-tourism economy built on traffic-free greenways connecting the coast with the High Weald. And it is not expensive! Whereas 1 km of new cycle path in an urban setting can cost between half and one million pounds, we can use local contractors to lay 1 km of limestone for around £ 55,000.
Sign up to the project and join us for the first of many fundraising cycle rides in Peasmarsh to help us support the first local parish Greenway and Quiet Lane scheme in East Sussex.
Register for a sponsored ride this Sunday 29 Aug 2021 https://sussexgreenways.org/events/index.php