South Downs farmer's landmark 'E' to celebrate the jubilee

South Downs farmer's landmark 'E' to celebrate the jubilee

South Downs farmer's landmark 'E' to celebrate the jubilee

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A GIANT E has been cut into the South Downs as a permanent reminder of the jubilee year.

The creation has been fashioned by clearing trees on the north face of the Downs above the village of Firle and is 100 yards in length.

The scheme is similar to the giant V in Streat, East Sussex, which celebrated Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Sussex farmer Carola Godman- Irvine has been campaigning for a permanent memorial to mark the historic year for several months.

She said: “It has been a real community effort and it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of a number of local businesses.”

Among the firms which offered its services were the Winner Group, Sussex Tree Surgeons, Coppards Plant Hire and CB Groundwork and Construction.

She added: “They said they wanted to help out so they could tell their children and grandchildren in years to come that they were part of it.

“I think that’s really nice.”

The Burgess Hill farmer toyed with the idea of planting additional trees in the shape of an E to represent the Queen’s initial.

However, due to stringent regulations and the wish of the National Park Authority to clear much of the area she decided to clear the E into the trees.

“We’ve been working through gale force wind and torrential rain but we are just about there.

“We just need to clear some of the felled wood and we’re done.

“Everything is a bit grey and brown at the moment but it will look beautiful in the spring.”

This iconic image will be visible for miles around and can even be seen from the A27.

Satellite imaging was used to plot the E and permission has been given by Natural England and the South Downs National Park Authority.

The project has received no funding and instead has relied on volunteers to clear the woodland and local companies to lend machinery to help them.

Phil Belden, director of operations for the South Downs National Park, said: “Fewer than five per cent of the South Downs National Park remains as chalk grassland so work to clear scrub with follow-up grazing to con- serve and enhance this precious land- scape is good news.”

An official opening with a member of the royal family is planned for the spring.

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3:27pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Morpheus says...

Good picture!
Good picture! Morpheus
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3:38pm Wed 2 Jan 13

BeeJam says...

I certainly had some landmark and impressive Es to help celebrate the jubilee last year too.

I really wish this farmer had put a giant E up in the hills... I suppose raves would be a problem...
I certainly had some landmark and impressive Es to help celebrate the jubilee last year too. I really wish this farmer had put a giant E up in the hills... I suppose raves would be a problem... BeeJam
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5:20pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

It is refreshing to see monuments like this being installed with pride, and at no expense to the taxpayer. It reminds us that, despite all the ranting and daft ideas put forward these days, we are still mainly a stable and caring society.
Long live the Queen; and we hope this monument will last as long as Queen Victoria's.
It is refreshing to see monuments like this being installed with pride, and at no expense to the taxpayer. It reminds us that, despite all the ranting and daft ideas put forward these days, we are still mainly a stable and caring society. Long live the Queen; and we hope this monument will last as long as Queen Victoria's. Sussex jim
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8:17pm Wed 2 Jan 13

den2il says...

Between the two of them they couldn't come up with a better photograph.
Between the two of them they couldn't come up with a better photograph. den2il
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9:17pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Surely not! says...

Excellent. It can commemorate all the E's that have been consumed on the Downs at raves. Thats what I'll think of when I see it anyway!
Excellent. It can commemorate all the E's that have been consumed on the Downs at raves. Thats what I'll think of when I see it anyway! Surely not!
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9:17pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I would like to see a giant Regina on the Downs....preferably after an E.
I would like to see a giant Regina on the Downs....preferably after an E. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:40am Thu 3 Jan 13

lordenglandofsussex says...

I would like to see another big V cut into the Downs followed by an "Up Yours, Cameron".
I would like to see another big V cut into the Downs followed by an "Up Yours, Cameron". lordenglandofsussex
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