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Volunteers restore chalk hawk keeping watch over Sheepcote Valley in Brighton
3:20pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
Hawk-eyed locals will that the baby was unharmed.
have noticed something different about a Sussex valley.
A giant hawk is once again keeping watch over Sheepcote Valley in Brighton, thanks to park rangers and volunteers.
The hawk, originally carved into the hillside by artists from Same Sky back in 2001, has been restored to its former glory.
Led by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Park Rangers, volunteers from Brighton Conservation Volunteers (BCV), Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers and a corporate team from American Express spent two days recutting and weeding the lines of the hawk before reapplying three tonnes of chalk.
The chalk, from Woodingdean’s Lawn Memorial, was compacted using tamping bars and sledgehammers.
The hawk was previously restored in 2009 and 2011 by volunteers from Scout groups, Friends of Sheepcote Valley and the community payback team.
Councillor Ollie Sykes said: “The volunteers have done an amazing job and the hawk looks stunning, especially from Wilson Avenue and Whitehawk Hill.
“We’ve already received numerous emails and calls from the public, saying how great it is to have the carving back on the hill.”
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