A NEW area of nature reserve has been opened to the public.
Little Roar Waterfall, which is part of Old Roar Gill within Alexandra Park, was launched last Wednesday (December 11).
A group representing Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) Hastings Borough Council and local volunteers staged a night-time walk from Alexandra Park into Old Roar Gill Local Nature Reserve to mark the opening celebration in which Little Roar Waterfall was specially lit for the occasion with burning torches.
The opening up of the falls forms the final part of the wider Access to Nature (A2N) project in Hastings, funded by Big Lottery, administered by Natural England and executed by SWT in partnership with the council.
Martin Felstead, community development manager for SWT, said: “During the life of the project, A2N worked with schools, youth groups, adults with special needs and many others to achieve its aims with the opening up of the Little Roar falls representing a final legacy from the project to the town.
“The story behind this is one of partnership working with SWT and the council’s rangers working together with numerous volunteers drawn from the Princes Trust, Hastings Trust and others in order to successfully complete this complex and ambitious project which was delivered during the persistently wet conditions of 2012.
“The work was underpinned by the professional help of Alan Taylor Groundworks who went beyond the call of duty in moving bulk materials onto site and acting as a supplier of technical advice, services and equipment.
“The project involved the construction of two footbridges, a viewing deck, made from recycled plastics, and more than 200 metres of pathway and steps.
“Ranger Guy Loder was central to the project, being largely responsible for the bridges and view-deck with Rangers Nick Hennessey and Stuart Alexander creating the paths/steps and interpretation board respectively.”