There’s still plenty of freedom to roam

I LIVE near the East Hill of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.

I can walk freely to the farthest point of the Firehills, 5km away, through beautiful glens, along the coastal path – however I choose.

I’m still looking for the ‘barbed-wire fencing’ that covers ‘much of the East Hill’ (letters, March 30). I haven’t seen any. There’s no reason for it.

Barbed wire has been used in certain areas to keep livestock from wandering or to prevent disturbance to wildlife.

Grazing livestock are used for conservation. They gradually restore and improve valuable habitat. I know this because information is widely available to explain the policies behind the management.

In some grazed fields access has been provided for us for when no animals are present.

I feel incredibly lucky to be able to walk through and enjoy this beautiful nature reserve, part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, full of natural and historic interest, on the edge of the town where I live.


Old Humphrey Avenue