Thursday, 11 October 2012

Council to open farmland to public

The Downs near Patcham
More than 800 acres of farmland owned by Brighton and Hove City Council will be opened to the public indefinitely.

The council said it had owned land around the city, in Ditchling Road, Old Patcham Court Farm and Plumpton, for many years.

However, there has been limited access for visitors.

The Green-led administration said it had negotiated public access with farmers who currently have tenancies on the land.

Councillor Pete West said: "Downland is a wonderful resource and now these areas owned by the city will be open in perpetuity to walkers, sightseers, birdwatchers, runners, and others looking to enjoy it."

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