We want to clean up an ancient stream on the edge of town, in our local environment, of Hailsham East Sussex. The stream flows from the centuries old Common Pond in town, we do not know its name but feel sure it had one once, when it was known and useful to people, not just as a tipping place.
The stream is polluted with all kinds of rubbish and used engine oil, which has been dumped for years and years slowly shifted downstream by the seasons, wedging into blackened plastic dams behind sodden brown mattress’, sofas bikes tv’s wheelie bins, toys, hoovers, cans and bottles, replenished regularly by the dumpers. It has become a toxic shock, flowing through beautiful woodland, round the trunks of old oak trees, through blackthorn thicket and out into the Pevensey Levels, an SSSI and Ramsar protected wetland site.
A common pond, a private stream whats the difference? water runs through the land without heed of ownership it belongs to no-one and everyone. Its cycle takes it through the air, sea and every living thing including us.
We want to bring local people together to clean this one small stream in a community event, as a gift to the wild and the water of this place, and as gratitude for life.