Press release: Link road campaigners launch ‘travelling exhibition’

September 5, 2012 by combehavendefenders

Press release: 5 September 2012

Link road campaigners launch ‘travelling exhibition’
Photos and artwork inspired by Combe Haven Valley to be displayed in Hastings and Bexhill

Local campaigning group the Combe Haven Defenders [1] will be displaying photos and artwork inspired by the Combe Haven Valley in public spaces around Hastings and Bexhill over the next few weeks.

The travelling exhibition will be launched in Wellington Place in Hastings town centre this Saturday (8 September) between 11am and 1pm. It features photos of the Valley and its wildlife taken by local photographer Oliver Tookey, as well as a painting by local artist Emily Johns. Mr Tookey, author of Hastings Beautiful Town, will be on hand to offer tips on nature photography.

The Valley is threatened by the £100 million ‘link road’ scheme, work on which is due to start in the new year.

Defenders spokesperson Charlotte Potter-Powell said: ‘Since launching our campaign, many local people have contacted us to share their images of the landscape and wildlife of the Valley, and we wanted to share these further. These stunning pictures – featuring the valley’s unique habitat of tranquil wetlands, fields and woods – clearly show that, while it’s quite possible that it will do little or nothing to create local jobs, the planned road will definitely destroy one of our area’s greatest treasures. We hope this exhibition will inspire people to visit the Valley for themselves, and maybe take their camera too.’

Further images can be submitted online at or by visiting the exhibition. The best will be selected for display. The Defenders are also looking for local groups and venues that would like to host the exhibition in the coming weeks.

The exhibition is part of a series of events leading up to a rally and camp in the valley on 29 and 30 September, to ‘celebrate the valley and develop peaceful resistance’ to the road. Guided walks will depart on Saturday 29 September from Bexhill Station and Bulverhythe (Combe Haven stream bridge) at 11am, and Crowhurst Station at 12 noon, joining the Camp in time for lunch and a rally.

PLEASE NOTE: Photos attached. Credit: Oliver Tookey

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